The Bluegrass impact of the Tampa Bay Ray's trip to Cuba

03/22/2016 05:46 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays visited the island nation of Cuba for a exhibition baseball game against the Cuban National team earlier today. They are the first Major League Baseball team to play in the socialist country in 17 years, and the exhibition coincided with the visit of President Barack Obama.

The meeting of the two country’s leaders and the friendly competition between two elite baseball clubs served as emphasis that both nations are interested in working together to mediate their conflicted pasts.

cn|2 Sports had the chance to speak with Luis Fuentes, a Cuban-American living in Frankfort who writes a monthly news publication for Spanish speaking Kentuckians. Luis believes baseball has the potential to help with the normalizing of the United States – Cuban relationship, and more importantly provides an avenue of information for Cuban citizens.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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