The record will show that the Tampa Bay Rays defeated Cuba’s national baseball team on a March day in Havana, 4-1. But what most people will remember isn’t the score, but one of the fans in the stands: President Obama, making the first visit to Cuba by a U.S. president since 1928.
Obama was criticized by Republicans for making the trip, and for being in the ballpark in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in Brussels. But he argued that it was time to begin normalizing relations. Plus, the baseball score gave him bragging rights over Cuban leader Raul Castro.
Castro’s brother and predecessor, Fidel Castro, the charismatic icon of Cuba’s leftist revolution, died Nov. 25 at the age of 90.