For the first time in nearly two decades, a MLB team will be heading to Cuba to face off against the Cuban National Team. The Tampa Bay Rays announced on Tuesday that they would be playing an exhibition matchup against the team in Havana, Cuba on March 22.
This is just the first of what is sure to be many events to take place on the Communist island since President Barack Obama settled all disputes with the country and ended the embargo with them in early 2015.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, seem pretty excited about the game too. The two will be taking a historic visit to Cuba on March 21 and will be in attendance for the game.
Play ball! https://t.co/S4DhVYa4Ef
— President Obama (@POTUS44) March 2, 2016
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 2, 2016
“During a time of historic change, we appreciate the constructive role afforded by our shared passion for the game, and we look forward to experiencing Cuba’s storied baseball tradition and the passion of its many loyal fans,” MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said in a statement.
The last time a MLB team played in Estadio Latinoamericano, also known as the Yankee Stadium of Cuba, was on March 28, 1999, when the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cuban National Team. The Cubans defeated the Orioles at Camden Yards later that year.
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