Comrade Wells takes team to Cuba

Crimson Tide Baseball Team to Play Exhibition Series in Cuba

(UA) TUSCALOOSA — The University of Alabama baseball team will play an exhibition series in Havana , Cuba from Dec. 13-19, 2008, head coach Jim Wells announced today.

While most of the details will not be finalized until later this year, the Crimson Tide will spend six days in Havana , conducting various clinics and playing a three-game exhibition series against a group of collegiate all-stars from Havana. The trip was approved by the State Department and the NCAA. The three games will not count towards Alabama ’s 56-game schedule during the 2009 season.

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“We are very grateful to all the people that worked so hard to make this trip possible,” Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. “This will be the opportunity of a lifetime for the players, coaches and staff that will participate in this event. The trip to Havana will be a valuable educational tool for all of us involved, plus it will give us the opportunity to play baseball against some of the very best collegiate players in Havana. The World Baseball Games last year were good for the sport of baseball and I feel like this will be a great opportunity for the Crimson Tide program.”

The trip to Cuba is not the first time the Alabama baseball team has played exhibition games off American soil. In 1957, the Crimson Tide team played a 20-game exhibition schedule that included a series of games in Japan.

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  1. 1
    Pluto

    Maybe Jim can also arrange to go see Chavez and I’m sure North Korea would like to see an exhibition. The Fat Boy running Bolivia also needs to see Jim and the Barnstormers too……

  2. 2
    berman

    yawn… can alabama tech afford to send their team to cuba? or do they play exhibition games in downtown opelika?

    count this as my signature:

  3. 4
    Bama Fan In NYC

    The Cubans and Dominicans are teams you don’t wanna play. I take it Wells is trying to teach his team a lesson on adversity.

  4. 5
    IhateGeorgeW.

    I’d rather play the Cubans than the Dominicans.

    The Dominicans have already taken over the MLB. I wouldn’t be all but shocked if the MLB invested in assembling a Dominican team together. Of course, it would be yet another National League team, though.

  5. 6
    Ballplay Indian

    Berman,,, Alabama Tech posted a higher profit and a higher revenue than Alabama last year from football….Look it up if you dont believe it….We were either sixth or seventh total….At 74 million in revenue and around 23 or 4 million profit…Care to guess who was one slot behind us, as usual? Thats right, Alabama…..

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