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Baseball, Santo Domingo

Tiradentes & San Cristobal
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Tel: 809 540 5772's insider take:

If Americans know one thing about Dominicans, it's that they love baseball—so much, in fact, that the New York Mets recently unveiled a multimillion-dollar training academy near Boca Chica with the exact dimensions of New York's Citi Field. It's odd more travelers don't think of attending a Dominican League game, especially given the fact that the season runs concurrently with tourist high season (October to February). The experience of going to a game in Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo—home of the league's two oldest teams, Licey and Escogido—is worth the trouble. Cheerleaders dance atop the dugouts. The crowd often forms its own rhythm section with instruments used in merengue bands, and like baseball fans in any country, spectators aren't afraid to express their opinion of the umpire's calls. The best part: It's a bargain, with the best seats going for under $20. The only problem is getting them. Because tickets aren't available online or by phone, visitors must wait until they arrive to purchase them, either at the stadium itself or at stores within the Nacional supermarket chain. That may mean missing games between the Águilas of the Cibao and the Tigres of Licey—the Red Sox and Yankees of the Dominican Republic. However, your hotel concierge may be able to score you seats with some advance planning.

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