STORY: These Cuban baseball players dream of making it to the US big leagues.
Location: Havana, Cuba
(Leoni Venego, 7-year-old baseball player) “I want to be like Julius Gurriel because he’s good and plays first base like me.”
Baseball is Cuba’s national past, but talented players go abroad in search of new opportunities.
This reflects a broader exodus of Cubans from the stagnant communist island.
torn by socio-economic crisis
(Francis Romero, baseball expert) “I think many factors have contributed to the decline of Cuban baseball today. First of all, the key was the outcome. Over the past six years, the number of baseball players leaving the country has also tripled compared to the decade between 2000 and 2010.”