This was an amazing trip – the people of Cuba are wonderful (opportunistic….) and they love baseball. I went on this trip because of my love for baseball – Cuba and I will always have that in common. A big shout out to John Gilmore and Baseball International – he does a great job and I highly recommend anyone to attend a trip internationally (and play baseball too) as this year he has a trip to Germany (June) and then to China (in September). He does not put these trips together for money, Baseball Int’l is a non profit and one of his primary reasons for doing these trips is promote friendly baseball games between the US and the countries they visit. Equipment is donated to all places they visit as generally outside of the U.S. they do not have access (or the buying power) to get reasonable gear – all in all I gave away a number of items – I received donations of baseball shirts, jerseys, pullovers from Stan Dickman, director of the Twins Fantasy Camp and also struck a deal with Dan Murphy of the VoteTonyO.com organization (he is Tony Oliva’s neighbor in Bloomington, MN who is promoting Oliva’s chance to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame via the veterans’ committee – voting in 2014) and was able to donate and hand out many items – I also gave away both pairs of baseball pants, socks, cleats, many hats, jerseys, sunglasses, batting gloves, batting helmet, and an assortment of band aids/first aid items. These are all sorely needed there……I think I had about 70 pounds of baggage on the way there and came home with about 40 lbs – so I left about 30 lbs of “stuff” while I was there – it felt good to donate – I hope those items get used in a fruitful way. Well time to get back to normal life and complaining about traffic, paying for gym memberships, parking spots…….looking forward to seeing the wife and the boys – it was a long week as I got into Minnesota at about 11pm last Friday.
Thanks for reading and following along with my Cuba baseball adventure!
~~ "You can observe a lot just by watching." - Yogi Berra ~~