Replies: 16 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 10:11 AM Last Post By: Rickie_01
Mar 23, 2013 11:13 PM
BéisbolI have been waiting for the baseball schedule to come out. Turns out it comes late March. After much searching... I found a link that looks like it will help me. Problem is I can't read it, or don't understand the dates.
I'm hoping someone here will understand baseball schedule talk, and click on this link to help me sort it out.
I think there are 3 games in Havana that I could choose from. How hard is it to get tickets to the Havana games? Does it sell out fast and would a female tourist with little Spanish miss out? If the answer is a big resounding YES... I am willing to travel by bus to a game some place else. I want to see Matanzas and Trinidad any way so going there is fine. I'm willing to go where I need to see a game, but how hard is it to get to these other places I have never heard of?! (Ciego De Avila.)
I have been to baseball de cuba.com and am still no further ahead. :)
Mar 24, 2013 6:14 AM
1It's not the easiest format to read but the horizontal column along the top with the teams id'd in RED are home games. The vertical columns underneath list the visiting teams.
Tickets for Industiales games are not hard to get. I think you should be able to walk-up and buy them. One suggestion----take taxis to/from the stadium. Unless something has changed dramatically in the past few years, you do not want to be walking around the neighborhood around Estadio Latinoamericano after dark.
Mar 24, 2013 6:26 AM
2When I used to go to games--about 10 years ago, tickets were easy to get (walk up), IF Industriales were not doing well. Harder if they were leading or in contention--but that only meant getting to the park earlier. Mostly I've watched Cuban baseball on Isla e la Juventud, and the atmosphere in the smaller parks was much more condusive to my enjoyment of the game.
Mar 24, 2013 7:11 AM
Mar 24, 2013 8:44 AM
4I am with vbalif about the smaller parks since I cannot tell the difference between major league baseball and a minor league team. I attended a game in Vinales which was free and where I ended up sitting in the dugout with the home team. I found that more fun than attending the world series.
Do not dismiss attending a less famous team game unless you are die hard baseball fan.
Mar 24, 2013 11:21 AM
5El Estadio in Havana, when los Industriales are playing, is kinda fun in a way that stadiums in the US used to be years ago. You will probably have to buy the extranjero tickets which cost $3 CUC rather than the Cuban tickets which are pennies, and there is never any beer or alcohol of any kind in the stadium. Myself, I like walking there but I like walking in Havana anyway, use your judgement......
Mar 24, 2013 1:00 PM
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Mar 25, 2013 3:06 AM
9I have been walking there for a dozen years, and it does not seem to be too much different, and the point of my travels is to experience other countries the way they are. Forgot to mention, in an earlier post, that the Wave at el Estadio in Havana can be really energetic, unlike some places in the US where the Behind Home PLate crowd puts a damper on it (possibly because it is so plebian...)
Mar 25, 2013 4:05 AM
10My ex-wife lived in Cerro with her family until she was about 8 years old. They still had family friends who lived there, who we visited regularly when we were in Havana. I have some familiarity with the area.
All I said was that people should not walk around AFTER DARK in the area around Estadio Latinoamericano. It was intended to be travel advice for tourists who want to see a baseball game while they are in Havana, not a socio-economic political statement. There are plenty of neighborhoods in Havana that don't have significant levels of street crime like Cerro does, where you can walk around and experience the city the way it is.
Mar 26, 2013 1:59 PM
11I see the reply I had posted yesterday, didn't post.
I see Industrial (Havanna) is playing SSP (Sancti Spiritus) in April, but can't see (or understand) what day of the week the game is on.
I am open to any ball game during my trip, but I don't know how to find other games.
I suppose I could ask the landlord of my apartment if he wanted to go. Of course I would cover both our costs, in exchange for safe passage to and from a game. :)
Mar 26, 2013 4:24 PM
Mar 31, 2013 7:15 PM
13Since the players have negligible salaries and have families to support, they are usually eager to sell clothing on the side. I bought a couple of very nice Adidas Cuba jerseys (made in Portugal) and some Industriales jerseys (made in Cuba) from a couple of players.
Considering the passport that I carry and the rules of the Cuban baseball association, my purchases were mutually illegal. On the players side, they are enthusiastic but discrete sellers (they won't sell to you while the trainer is watching).
Anyway, one of players gave me his email address and phone numbers so if anybody wants them send me a PM.
Mar 31, 2013 7:29 PM
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