HAVANA, CUBA— |
Atop roofs and through chain-linked fences, a dozen spectators – half of them mothers – gather to watch and cheer as their young boys, mostly in their late-teens and early-twenties, compete for the ultimate prize: a chance to represent the "Industriales," one of the most revered (and hated) teams in Cuban baseball, often compared to the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB).
José Hernán, a catcher representing one of Havana’s three municipality teams on the field of Estadio 50 Aniversario, says baseball is to Cuba as football (soccer) is to Brazil.
"From the day you’re born, you have a baseball in hand, headed toward the stadium.”
Hernán, who sports a Boston Red Sox cap during play, says his ultimate dream is to one day play in the majors, calling it an opportunity that anyone would welcome.
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