The first professional baseball league in the Dominican Republic was formed in 1951 and five years later Ozzie Virgil Sr. became the first Dominican player to break into the major leagues. Many would follow, and the lineup that the Dominican Republic put on the field at Bright House to face the Phillies looked like an All-Star team in its own right. From Jose Reyes on down, these Dominicans smacked everything that Cole Hamels delivered, and they played flawlessly in the field. We headed for the fan store to do some shopping in 6th inning, when the game was well out of hand 11-1, and it mercifully ended at 15-2.
Probably the best thing about the game today was getting to see our Bright House neighbors, Diana & Joe Stimmel, who relocated to Austin, Texas to continue their work with Hunt Construction. We refer to Bright House Network Field fondly as The House that Joe Built.
Here are some other sights and scenes from around beautiful Bright House today and, as you can see, the World Baseball Classic wasn’t exactly a big draw – despite reduced ticket prices. Even the ever-popular Frenchy’s Tiki Bar had plenty of vacancies!