If the new relationship between the United States and Cuba allows for an ongoing relationship between Major League Baseball and the baseball-crazy island nation, the Orioles should be the team that breaks the ice.
They earned it.
The news Monday that the club is considering another Cuban goodwill trip certainly brings back vivid memories of the Orioles' visit to Havana in 1999. The event caused much consternation in the Cuban exile community and made principal owner Peter G. Angelos the target of criticism long after the team of Cuban All-Stars traveled to Baltimore and defeated the Orioles several weeks later.
There had not been a visit from an American professional...