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January 22, 2008
  • Watch the Caribbean Series
  • Two DR teams in the Series
  • Drink away in Santiago!
  • See You at the Ballpark!
Watch the Caribbean Series
Local games in Santiago de los Caballeros in the traditional winter championship, the Caribbean Series, are scheduled for 4pm and 8pm daily from Saturday, 2 February through Thursday, 7 February. But ESPN Deportes, the Spanish language sports network, will be transmitting the Caribbean Series in the United States an hour earlier, at 3 and 7pm.
This is the 50th anniversary of the 12-game Caribbean Series that matches the winning teams of the championships held in Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. This year, Puerto Rico will not be participating, and will be replaced by a second team from the DR. This year ESPN has already transmitted over 50 of the professional winter league games in the DR, Mexico and Venezuela.
The Dominican Republic has won 15 championships since 1970. Puerto Rico has won 14, Cuba 7, Venezuela 6, Mexico 5 and Panama 1.
ESPN games schedule:
Saturday, 2 February
3pm — DR vs. Venezuela
7pm — Mexico vs. DR
Sunday, 3 February
3pm — DR vs. Mexico
7pm — DR vs. Venezuela
Monday, 4 February
3pm — Venezuela vs. Mexico
7pm — DR vs. DR
Tuesday, 5 February
3pm — Venezuela vs. DR
7pm — DR vs. Mexico
Wednesday, 6 February
3pm — Mexico vs. DR
7pm — Venezuela vs. DR
Thursday, 7 February
3pm — Mexico vs. Venezuela
7pm — DR vs. DR
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Take note that the actual time of the games in Santiago de los Caballeros is 4pm and 8pm.
Two DR teams in the Series
This year two Dominican teams will be competing in the Caribbean Series. Both the championship winning Aguilas Cibaenas (DR1) (Santiago) and runner-up Tigres del Licey (DR2) (Santo Domingo) will be playing for the Dominican Republic. What appears to be an advantage may work against the DR, though. As rules go, the teams will be dealt whichever players may be available from the other teams of the league – who may have not been playing for weeks. The championship team will not have a first pick from available players, but rather each of the two teams will pick one and then the other. The winning team of the Dominican playoffs will wear the DR uniform, while the runner-up team, while playing for the DR, will wear the uniform of its own franchise.
Drink away in Santiago!
On the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Caribbean Series in Santiago de los Caballeros, the country's second largest city, the Ministry of Interior and Police has announced the lifting of the curfew on alcohol beverage sales. Colmados will also be allowed to sell alcohol past the normal time during the tournament. Minister Franklin Almeyda said that there would be no limits on the sale of alcohol in Santiago from 1 - 7 of February, when the series will take place. He emphasized however, that restrictions would only be relaxed in Santiago and that measures would be instituted to control drunk driving. Almeyda said there would also be controls to ensure that "colmadones" keep the music volume down at night. He announced that 36 Harley Davidson motorcycles would patrol traffic on Duarte Highway to prevent accidents during the event.
"The Caribbean Series will be a sports party for the city of Santiago and the country, and we need to be good hosts," said the Interior and Police minister, to explain the reason for the lifting of the alcohol sale restrictions. The tournament will be held between 2 February and 7 February and a large tourist influx, from other Dominican cities and abroad, is expected.
See You at the Ballpark!
The Centro Leon is inviting to its "See You at the Ballpark" exhibition with a special dedication to the DR's only member of the US National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Juan Marichal. The exhibition coincides with the 25th anniversary of Marichal's admission to the Hall of Fame and with the 50th anniversary of the Caribbean Series.
Centro Leon's general director, Rafael Emilio Yunen, describes the exhibit as a journey through the history and organization of baseball in the Dominican Republic, and a look at how Dominicans have adopted the sport as their signature cultural expression.
“Baseball”, says Yunen, “is more than a game in the Dominican Republic, and has become a vital element in daily life in the country, which was the impetus for putting together the exhibition”.
The exhibit covers the beginnings of baseball in the Dominican Republic all the way to the great accomplishments of its players in the Major Leagues. The rustic and popular versions of the game are shown, its impact on every day language, in addition to the prowess of the many professional players that have starred in Major League Baseball and their impact on the national economy. The exhibit also covers the winter league and the Caribbean Series, plus the behind the scenes heroes of local baseball, including the sportcasters and organizers. Trophies, rings and other historic objects from players such as Pedro Martinez, George Bell, Ricardo Carty, the Javiers (father Julian and son Stanley), Pena, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa and, of course, the only Dominican in the Hall of Fame, Juan Marichal.

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