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MLB plans Goodwill Tour to Cuba


1999 Photo of O’s vs Cuba game taken with an old KODAK throw-a-way! 

This week MLB returns to Cuba for the first time in 15 years.  This time they will be taking a few players (both Cuban and American) on a Goodwill Tour.  The players will be holding clinics for kids and spending time sharing baseball stories with people around the country.  Its exciting to hear about the relations between our countries improving. We both love baseball so its truly a common bond.

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Photo of our 1999 crew including Sandy Alderson, George Moreira.

In 1999,  I was fortunate to be a part of the MLB-Cuba event when the Baltimore Orioles played the Cuba National Team at Latino Americano Stadium in Havana, Cuba.   The stadium and field required a bit of upgrading before the game could take place so  Sandy Alderson (at that time MLB’s Senior VP of Ops) asked us to put together a team to make it happen.  Our American crew consisted of Al Capitos, Budgie Clark, Greg Meeks and several groundskeepers from Varadera golf course.  We helped rebuild the field, outfield fence,  etc.. with our Cuban friends and as they say  “The rest was history.”   I’ve been back a few times since and will be heading back this week to check out a few fields and stadiums.  The country hasn’t changed a lot since those early days which is actually a pretty cool thing.  Its a living history lesson from an earlier time in North American culture.    Looking forward to having a real Mojito and seeing some old friends along the way!





2013 Caribbean World Series Venue looking sweet!

Hermosillo Pics 030The new Sonora stadium in Hermosillo Mexico is almost complete. Typical details remain as with most major stadium projects,  but this park is setting a standard for future venues outside of the USA.   With the help of the D-backs  relationship over the years the Naranjeros plan to fulfill a plan to build the best ballpark in Mexico.  Congrats to the team ownership and municipal government.

hermosilo jan 2013Lets just say they are making a really good run at the title of the best park in Latin America!     Congrats to Chad Olsen and our Brickman sportsturf team that have put time into the  new field development over the past several months.