10. Cuba comes to Charm City, May 3, 1999

The play on the field was not particularly crisp or engaging in the Orioles' 12-6 loss to the Cuban all-star team. It was obvious the Orioles weren't excited by playing another exhibition. Disgruntled slugger Albert Belle protested at the plate by watching strikes go by instead of swinging. But this game was much bigger than baseball. It was the second of a home-and-away series with dictator <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000910" title="Fidel Castro" href="/topic/politics/fidel-castro-PECLB000910.topic">Fidel Castro</a>'s Cuban squad &mdash; something that had never been done before by a major league team. There was plenty of opposition to the contest &mdash; including one protester who ran onto the field with an anti-Castro sign but was tackled by Cuban-born umpire Cesar Valdez.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron / May 3, 1999 )

The play on the field was not particularly crisp or engaging in the Orioles' 12-6 loss to the Cuban all-star team. It was obvious the Orioles weren't excited by playing another exhibition. Disgruntled slugger Albert Belle protested at the plate by watching strikes go by instead of swinging. But this game was much bigger than baseball. It was the second of a home-and-away series with dictator Fidel Castro's Cuban squad — something that had never been done before by a major league team. There was plenty of opposition to the contest — including one protester who ran onto the field with an anti-Castro sign but was tackled by Cuban-born umpire Cesar Valdez.

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