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InsightCuba Plans Baseball Tour Replay for December

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | March 31, 2015

InsightCuba Plans Baseball Tour Replay for December

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InsightCuba re-launched a special baseball-themed tour of Cuba it operated last year, featuring Eric Nadel, Hall of Fame sportscaster for the Texas Rangers.

The trip will be a repeat of the tour conducted last year.

“Last year’s trip was incredible,” said insightCuba’s president, Tom Popper. “Eric’s knowledge of Major League Baseball and our combined knowledge and access to Cuban baseball made the trip a phenomenal success.”

Originally from Brooklyn, Nadel has been an announcer of Texas Rangers baseball games for 36 years. He’s a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, and was named Sportscaster of the Year seven times.

As an aficionado of Latin American baseball, Nadel learned to speak Spanish, and has participated as a broadcaster in baseball games in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.

The seven-day/six-night baseball tour includes meetings with retired baseball players and sports figures, as well as attendance to baseball games in Cuba.

The trip draws from a deep wellspring of baseball passion and history shared by Cuba and the U.S.

Though the earliest recorded game of baseball took place in 1846 in Hoboken, N.J., and it is the quintessential American sport, it also has quite a long history in Cuba.

Baseball was brought to Cuba in the 1860s by Cuban students returning home from college in the U.S. and U.S. sailors who had been to Cuban ports. Its popularity spread throughout the island during the 19th century. As Cuba chafed for independence from Spain, baseball became identified with Cuban nationalism, and took the place of Spanish colonial sports such as bullfighting.

Baseball remains one of Cuba’s favorite activities.  

“There’s a shared connection between the U.S. and Cuba, and it has to do with baseball,” said Popper. “Eric brought our American guests, local Cubans, and Cuban baseball players together to share stories, smiles, and make friendships for the first time in decades.”

The trip is scheduled to take place Dec. 11-17. It will take place mostly in Havana with a trip to the Matanzas and Pinar del Rio provinces for meetings with baseball players and attendance at baseball games.

The tour is priced $4,595 per person, with no double occupancy requirement.

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