T-shirts with names of the players on them from the 2018 Cuban journey. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Cuban 2019 baseball journey underway this weekend

Games at a variety of venues around the Island for interested fans

Chemainus and Crofton will be playing a part in the Cuban-Vancouver Island Baseball Journey Society’s ongoing exchange with Cuba.

The team arrives in the Cowichan Valley this weekend and there will be a beer and barbecue burger meet and greet at Red Arrow Brewing in Duncan on Sunday, May 26 from 3-6 p.m. Red Arrow is donating all the proceeds of the barbecue to the Cuba journey.

“The public is invited to come out and meet the boys,” noted April Shay, treasurer of the society. “We are going to have translators available.”

The game schedule includes a pair of meetings with the Chemainus Brewers junior men on Sunday, June 9 at 10 a.m. in Lake Cowichan and Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Evans Park in Duncan. There’s also a meet and greet Cuban themed dinner/dance at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton on June 9 at 6 p.m.

The series of other games around the Island include: June 2 at 1 p.m. against the Port Angeles Lefties and 6:35 p.m. against the Victoria Harbour Cats at Royal Athletic Park in Victoria; June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Evans Park in Duncan against the Nanaimo Pirates; June 10 at 6:35 p.m. against the Victoria Harbour Cats at Royal Athletic; June 12 at Evans Park in Duncan against the Duncan Mustangs; June 14 in Nanaimo against the Nanaimo Pirates; June 15 against the Ladysmith Pilots at Dogwood Park in Ladysmith; June 17 against the Pilots at Evans Park; July 5 at Evans Park against a Duncan house team; and July 6 against Ladysmith Pilots at Centennial Park in Lake Cowichan. The Cubans will also be playing in a prestigious international tournament in Grand Forks June 25-July 1.

The society urges baseball fans to check out the Cuban/Vancouver Island Baseball Journey Society Facebook page for posts on any changes.

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