Thursday, March 24, 2016
Our Man In Havana

Hundreds of palomas (pigeons) are released prior to Tuesday’s historic baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team. Viewed as a sign of peace, tensions continue to ease between the United States and Cuba. The exhibition game was the first between the countries since 1999 when the Baltimore Orioles played in Havana. While there remain serious hurdles, American travel restrictions have been all but lifted and the possibility of business deals continues. The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cuban team, 4-1, with a packed house of excited Cuban baseball fans. Also in attendance was former New York Yankee stars Derek Jeter and Dave Winfield, as well as Raul Castro’s son Alejandro and Fidel Castro’s son, Antonio. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was instrumental in the beginning of normalization between the two countries, sat behind President Obama during the game.