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Fidel Castro and fellow revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos with their amateur baseball team, Los Barbudos (“The Bearded Ones”), prior to an exhibition game against a team of military policemen at Gran Stadium (now known as Estadio Latinoamericano) in Havana on July 24, 1959.

The exhibition was part of a doubleheader also featuring a game between the Havana Sugar Kings, a minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, and the Rochester Red Wings, a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate at the time. Castro, a pitcher in college for the University of Havana’s baseball team, pitched two innings for Los Barbudos and struck out two batters.

This type of story reminds me how amazing sports can be.  Last night, Rochester Red Wings catcher Chris Herrmann spotted a fan outside the stadium and gave him his all of his used gear. See, Herrmann doesn’t need the gear with the Red Wings colors anymore. He was recalled to the big leagues last night; to the Minnesota Twins. This simple act turned a great time at the ball game into a night this boy will never ever forget. I now know who my favorite baseball player is.

If you love this as much as I do, send The Twins a note and tell them so!

Story and Photo Submitted By: Mark S.
Location: Rochester, NY

BASEBALL

I have survived a baseball game in Texas. I feel like I should get some kind of award. Mostly what I got was bug bites.

It was actually pretty pleasant, weather-wise, and super-fun for the most part. The game went into extra innings, which was exhausting, and our team lost, but since the winning Nashville Sounds are the farm team for the Athletics, who were my old team, it wasn’t a total wash. And the fireworks after the game were a million percent worth it.

Also there’s a guy on the Express named Beamer Weems. I want his baseball card. The nine year old seated next to me, who decided I was going to be the audience for his observations about the batting and defense, also wants Beamer Weems’s baseball card. BEAMER WEEMS. (He was one of the better players in tonight’s game, which didn’t hurt.)

It did get me thinking about Steve Rogers and the hates-the-Yankees trope and the dilemma of the Dodgers from whom he cannot stray and yet for whom he cannot cheer since they ABANDONED HIM. Him, personally.

And clearly the solution is for Steve to find some local minor-league ball club, like the Rochester Red Wings, who feed the Minnesota Twins. Minor league guys try really hard and are kind of goofy and their fans are nicer than major league fans and there’s lots of old people and kids at the games. Nobody knows or cares who he is and he can hang out in the bleachers making friends and catch a foul ball and get one of the Red Wings pitchers to sign it after the game. And as he’s walking away the guy’s like “Wait was that – no, Captain America wouldn’t come to a triple-A game. Would he?”

Plus season tickets aren’t too expensive and they let you bring your own snacks.

This is a truly midnight Hydrocodone Midnight Theatre but I can’t get out of my head the idea of Steve Rogers, loyal Rochester Red Wings booster, befriending little kids and chatting baseball with them and coming home with lips dyed blue from cheap cotton candy. Oh my god the cotton candy at the Dell Diamond is the best cotton candy I’ve ever had.

Captain America, of course, has to be impartial and say he loves the sport, not the teams, but really he knows in his heart that the Rochester Red Wings are the best and he will defend them at all costs.

Even if seven dollars for a hot dog is still highway robbery.

Out!

July 17, 2015 (Rochester, NY) - The Norfolk Tides’ Christian Walker grounds out.  Rochester Red Wings first baseman Buck Britton with the put out.

Christian Walker is on his fourth team this spring.  Designated for assignment by the Orioles, he was claimed by the Braves.  They put him on waivers, and he was claimed by the Reds.  The Reds put him on waivers today, and he was claimed by the Diamondbacks. 

Buck Britton, the older brother of pitcher Zach Britton, is now a hitting coach for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Orioles’ A-ball affiliate.

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YANKEE LEGEND

In the first image,  New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter shares a laugh with Rochester Red Wings second baseman Ray Olmedo on Monday, July 8, 2013 at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. Jeter has been playing with the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for his rehab.  (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) 

In the second image, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tags out Rochester Red Wings base runner Deibinson Romero as he attempts to dive back to second base on Monday, July 8, 2013 at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. Jeter has been playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for rehab.  (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) 

In the third image,  New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter talks with reporters during pre game warmups during his rehab baseball game with the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Rochester Red Wings on Monday, July 8, 2013 at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.  (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) 

In the fourth image, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gives a fist pump to Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre manager Dave Miley before the game against the Rochester Red Wings on Monday, July 8, 2013 at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.  (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) 

In the fifth image,  New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hugs Rochester Red Wings second baseman Ray Olmedo during pre game warmups on Monday, July 8, 2013 at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.  (AP photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

In the sixth image,  New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter walks in the dugout as his loyal fans react during his rehab baseball game with the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against the Rochester Red Wings on Monday, July 8, 2013 at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.  (AP Photo / The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

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The original Catwoman, Julie Newmar, was at the baseball game of the Rochester Red Wings on August 28th for a special Batman night where she spoke and signed autographs.  This was happening only one and a half hours away from me and I didn’t know about it until after!! Even though I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting her, it would’ve been so fun to meet her again and participate in this awesome Batman night!  

Photos from her Facebook page