Photo: Ismael Batista

Yesterday during a ceremony at Havana's José Martí Memorial, the national flag was deposited in the most powerful arms of Cuban baseball, those of homerun hitter Alfredo Despaigne, to wave over every play our team makes in the Caribbean Series, beginning tomorrow in Jalisco, Mexico.

Baseball is traveling its route, that which makes it part of our cultural roots, running in Cuba's veins.

Photo: Ismael Batista

Players shared the reasons for their motivation and challenges they face:

Frank Camilo Morejón, catcher, "Our responsibility to a people like ours, who like baseball so much."

Photo: Ismael Batista

Alfredo Despaigne, outfield, "This is my fifth Caribbean Series, but more than that, the pride of wearing the name of Cuba, my team's shirt, Granma."

Pitcher Lázaro Blanco, "The importance of being the first opener, tomorrow against the Caribes from Anzoátegui, Venezuela."

"We will be facing quality baseball, we have experience, but every game is a challenge," Frederich Cepeda, outfield.

Manager Carlos Martí added, "Effort will not be lacking," saying that the team will perform at the high level expected, given "what baseball means to our people."

Also attending the ceremony were José Ramón Fernández, president of Cuba's Olympic Committee and Antonio Becali Garrido, head of the Cuban Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation.