#RaysInCuba: Live coverage of the Rays' historic trip to Cuba
The Rays will become the first major-league team to play in Cuba since 1999 when they meet the Cuban national team in an exhibition game March 22 at Havana's 55,000-seat Estadio Latinoamericano. Follow our live coverage on and off the field as Times beat reporter Marc Topkin, photographer Will Vragovic — and the Rays themselves — guide you on this historic trip.
Tampa Bay TimesHAVANA — In the weeks leading up to their Tuesday afternoon date with the Cuban National Team at Estadio Latinoamericano, many Rays players and staff said it probably would take them a while to fully appreciate the significance of their role in history.
Tampa Bay TimesPORT CHARLOTTE — The opportunity to be the first major-league team to play in Cuba since 1999 is exciting enough for the Rays. The chance to play even a small part in normalizing relations between the United States and the island nation could really make the trip something special.
Tampa Bay TimesPORT CHARLOTTE — In discussing next week's historic trip to Cuba, most Rays have veered away from the political aspects, beyond touting the goodwill nature of the rare visit as a form of baseball diplomacy in the improving relations between the United States and the nearby island nation.
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