In Cuba baseball is heralded as the sport of the people, the revolution, and a personal favourite of Fidel Castro; it is a sport that has a special place in the heart of the Cuban people. What makes America’s pastime a Cuban favourite? Certainly not politics, it’s not like baseball is a more communist sport than tennis, nor is it intrinsically capitalistic at heart. Cuba’s love affair with baseball has very much to do with the way baseball is played in the Caribbean but specifically in Cuba. It is done in a way that captures that culture and enigmatic spirituality of the people.
In Cuba baseball predates the revolution and dates back to attempts to distant the country from a Spanish colony and give it a unique flavour. Since the Cuban revolution, generations have been taught not that the country cannot afford be passive; and this is reflected in baseball. Baseball snacks are so popular in Cuba there are restaurants entirely dedicated to serving Cuban baseball food. Cuban baseball league games are often played in front of packed old decrepit stadiums in a baseball obsessed country. The national team carries a lot of prestige and opportunities; the games are an absolute riot of a party fit for the whole family. Games are filled with the same festive and deeply spiritual atmosphere that is so uniquely Cuban and can be felt from Havana to Santiago de Cuba.