Griffey Jr., Larkin visit Cuba for "baseball diplomacy"
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 01:16
Feb. 12 - Two former Major League Baseball players hold clinics and meet with fans during a ''baseball diplomacy'' trip to Cuba. Nathan Frandino reports.
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It's called America's pastime.
But it's also the sport of choice in Cuba.
And in the spirit of that common language, former Major League Baseball players Barry Larkin and Ken Griffey Jr. launched this week a mission of "baseball diplomacy."
While the U.S. and Cuba do not have formal relations, Griffey Jr. said baseball could help pave the way for political diplomacy.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. BASEBALL PLAYER KEN GRIFFEY JR. SAYING:
"You never know. Time will tell. You know, they're passionate about baseball. We're passionate about baseball. Hopefully, things could happen. But right now, we're just here learning as much as we can about the people of Cuba - the baseball and the passion."
Visiting the island nation, the two mega-stars held clinics with young Cuban players to coach them on batting, fielding and more.
For Larkin, the focus is on the next generation of players.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FORMER U.S. BASEBALL PLAYER BARRY LARKIN SAYING:
"I'm not a politician. I'm a baseball player. I'm someone who loves baseball and loves the young people. I want to support programs to work with the young people."
The players will be in Cuba until Thursday.
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