Baseball in the Dominican
My In-Laws, Cap'n Snappy and First Mate Sue of the Sailing Vessel Enee Marie (Yar!), began a sailing journey from Chicago, down the inter-coastal water way to Florida, and from there to the Bahamas and now the Dominican Republic. They've been on his little sailing journey for 2+ years now and the details of this expedition can be found here.
What does this have to do with baseball? Did you not just hear what I said? It's the Dominican Republic! Home of Sammy Sosa, Felix Pie, and Apple Pie. Okay, maybe not Apple Pie, but definitely baseball which is as American as apple pie, except when it's not in America. Then it's just Dominican. Everyone with me? Good.
Remember the story that Sammy grew up using a milk carton for a glove? Well, here's an example of a cardboard glove, the kind most of the kids used.
I think that's a Rawlings' #1 Cardboard edition, but it's hard to tell. Then we take a look at the field they play on. It's no wonder the Domincan is considered the birthplace of shortstops. If you can play there, you can play anywhere.
It's definitely a different world out there. More pics and details at their blog.