Bee Hive at Cuba’s Banner Stadium

Where Barack Obama will attend a game on March 22nd

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Photos by Carlos Ernesto Escalona Martí (Kako) / Progreso Semanal.

HAVANA TIMES — Work continues full speed at Havana’s Latinoamericano Stadium where in less than three weeks US President Obama and his delegation will attend a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team.

Electricians have been replacing the stadium installations and improving on the lighting. Around the Latino, as Cubans call it, pot holes and sidewalks are being quickly repaired.

Even the buildings with facades on the street leading up to the stadium are getting a fresh coat of paint courtesy of the government, reports Progreso Semanal.

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12 thoughts on “Bee Hive at Cuba’s Banner Stadium

  • I need your help! I am a high school administrator from the United States (Texas)who will be traveling to Havana on Friday and bringing with me about 100 lbs of donated baseball gloves, catchers mask/chest pads and leg guards, shirts, shoes, etc. The boys at my school raised money this year to purchase new equipment and they would like to donate their former equipment to a team in Havana. I am asking for some suggestions for where I should show up to find a school or a team who could benefit from this used equipment.

  • There is nothing and no one who is pro “Batista” I defy you to show me ANYTHING that represents a positive stance on Batista. As usual the Cuba issue with you is a zero sum game. It’s either Batista or Castro. Has it ever occurred to you the issues transcend them. But then you’ve been singing that tired tune since your days on the Miami Herald pages.

  • I DON’T blame everything wrong with Cuba on the Castros and their revolution. Just most of it. Myanmar survived 50 years of a US embargo. North Korea is ‘surviving’ a US embargo as is Iran. Now that I think of it, it begs the question “who hasn’t survived US sanctions?” Finally, given my familial ties, I absolutely see Cuba from more than one perspective. If you knew my in-laws, you would understand why this is true.

  • What was the impact on the US economy as a result of that recurring UN resolution? Were there sanctions applied? Are Americans treated any differently abroad in the wake of these votes? None, no and no. Of course I respect the 191-2 tally. But like Mother’s Day and Feed the Hungry resolutions, this annual UN ritual is a toothless tiger. As far as Carlos in Portugal is concerned, any idiot can go online and make personal attacks in a blog. I’m still waiting for an intelligent reply that tells me why my comment is wrong.

  • No, Moses, they don’t. But Carlos in Portugal apparently disagrees with you because he is not pulverized daily by such one-sided propaganda regarding Cuba. Being a democracy-loving American, I believe that the one-sided anti-Cuban, pro-Batista barrages hurt America far more than they hurt Cuba. In fact, they probably keep producing Cuban fans around the world, like those 191-to-2 UN votes indicate. Carlos in Portugal would probably agree with that assessment. Portugal voted with those other 190 nations, you know. Can you explain why only aid-loving Israel is the only country in the entire world that the aid-giving U. S. could persuade to support its Cuban policy? A lot of nations, large and small, like those U. S. dollars and ultra-modern military gifts too. Carlos in Portugal probably respects a 191-to-2 plurality. I know I do.

  • I feel fine, but thanks for your concern. Do cold or flu symptoms make my comment any less true?

  • You “fail” to see my point, Moses, because you view Cuba only via a one-sided lens. You blame everything on the revolution because, to your reckoning, the revolution ended Mother Teresa’s rule in Cuba, not the Mafia’s. You use a lot of question marks. Let me use one. Can you name one other nation in the world, large or small, that could have survived a Batistiano-fueled embargo/blockade by the world superpower from 1962 until today? I assume your answer would be that ALL nations of the world could have survived such a hurdle, but maybe you’ll surprise me and reluctantly admit that perhaps there are two sides to the Cuban conundrum.

  • Mr Moses

    Mr. Moises
    You need to go to the doctor. You are sick.

  • I would rather have the government pick-up the trash throughout the capital. I do think that both, Moses and Rich, have valid points but, as this generation says: It is what it is!!

  • I fail to see your point? What does my motivation behind my comments have to do with the truths that I am trying to reveal? Your “certainty” regarding my attack of the Castros under the opposite response is wrong.

  • Three sentences, Moses, and all ending in question marks!! I’ll answer them all this way: I grew up in Virginia and spent a lot of time with my favorite person, my grandmother. Whenever she was expecting company, she would invariably hustle around the house using a wet dust-rag whether or not her usually impeccable home needed any buffering up or not. Now, I know Moses, if Cuba said it was a nice day in Havana, you would instantly accuse them of lying without even Goggling the weather there. Of course, if Lucky Luciano back in 1958 had said everything in Havana was nice, you would have hailed the Batista-Mafia dictatorship as a classic example of a perfect Banana Republic, AGAIN WITHOUT CHECKING TO SEE IF LUCKY WAS EXAGGERATING A BIT OR NOT. And, naturally, if this article had revealed the Cubans were not sprucing things up a little bit prior to the arrival of the first U. S. President since 1928, I’m sure you would have attacked Cuba and “the Castros” for lacking pride. GET REAL, and then you might fool someone with your propaganda.

  • What kind of message does this “spruce up” send to the Cuban people? Are Cubans any less worthy of a baseball stadium with decent lighting and flushing toilets? Why do the Castros need a Pope or a US President to visit before they are willing to clean up their act?

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