Thoughts on The Cuba Trip: From The Players
1. Almost Every Player Had Expectations Information is shoved in front of kids all throughout their lives, and many people (especially the media) expect that people will simply take what they hear and run with it. The players had information fed to them from a variety of sources over the years, and with that information they developed pre-conceived notions of what Cuba would be like. For the most part, players knew very little about Cuba. It’s one of those geographic areas that American’s never really learn about in school, and the stuff they are able to consume, is generally negative in nature. Some players thought that Cuba’s streets and public areas would be heavily populated with police. Some expected problems with security at the airport (especially for me, since I had a lot of equipment with me). Every player (so far) knew that Cuba was a communist country, and many didn’t feel that would be a big deal when visiting the country. As far as playing baseball goes, players from the baseball team knew thought that they would be facing great players. Many of the best baseball talent in the Major League are Cuban, and such a reputation was expected to be upheld when we arrived in the country. Most players weren’t sure of what sorts of foods they would be eating during their stay.