Rays Havana trip featured in MLB Network documentary
The Rays' spring trip to Havana is featured in a new MLB Network documentary - Cuba: Island of Baseball - that premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Below is a clip from the Rays segment, which appears toward the end of of the hour-long project, including their travels to Cuba, talking about their time there, having Presidents Obama and Castro at the game and of Cuban minor-league OF Dayron Varona's emotional return and reunion with his family.
Also featured, per the network press release: Coinciding with the two-year anniversary of President Barack Obama moving to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba in December 2014, the show is an in-depth look at the decades of personal stories of many Cuban baseball players and their defection from their country in pursuit of a Major League career, from Tony Oliva, Luis Tiant, Barbaro Garbey and Rene Arocha in the 1960’s, 1980’s and 1990’s to Aroldis Chapman, Yasiel Puig and Yulieski Gurriel today.
Narrated by Cuban-American Emmy Award-winning actor Bobby Cannavale, Cuba: Island of Baseball features interviews with Chapman, Garbey, Gurriel, Oliva, Puig and Tiant as well as current Major Leaguers Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada and Yasmany Tomás, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Cuban Baseball Federation Vice President Antonio Castro and Cuban baseball historians Peter Bjarkman and Adrian Burgos Jr.
Here is the Rays clip:
And here is another clip from the show: