Crimson Tide Baseball Team to Play Exhibition Series in Cuba
(UA) TUSCALOOSA â€” 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 â€™s 56-game schedule during the 2009 season.
â€œWe are very grateful to all the people that worked so hard to make this trip possible,â€ Alabama head coach Jim Wells said. â€œThis 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.â€
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.