As they say in the Dominican Republic, baseball is much more than a game.
In March 2013, the Dominican Republic won Major League’s World Baseball Classic with an 8-0 dominating performance. Visitors to the Dominican Republic can experience the passion and the heart that Dominicans put into the game in the annual winter season championship.
Later in the year, Dominican David Ortiz would lead the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series.
This is also the land of Baseball Hall of Famer San Francisco Giants’ Juan Marichal and of the trio of Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz that propelled the Boston Red Sox to win the legendary World Series in 2004. It is the land of Robinson Canó of the New York Yankees and José Reyes of the Toronto Blue Jays, the sluggers who made sure the Dominican Republic clinched the World Baseball Classic.
The Dominican Professional Baseball League season runs from mid- October to the playoffs in the first week of February. The winning team represents the country in the Caribbean Series, where the team plays against the professional league champions from Mexico, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.
Baseball games in the Dominican Republic usually start at 7:30pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, the games start at 5pm. See the schedule at www.lidom.com/home/index.php/calendario
Buy tickets at the ballparks, or while shopping at one of the Nacional supermarkets or Jumbo stores or online at www.uepatickets.com
The stadiums are accessible from most tourist destinations.