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Argentina Baseball Road Trip

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The Buenos Aires yacht club fronts the newly opened waterfront dining and office complex in downtown.

 

One of the more interesting suspension bridges was located in Buenos Aires.

 

Opening ceremony welcome by the Buenos Aires Cardinals were preceded by the national anthems of Argentina and the United States.

 

The Foreign Devils pre-game team photo includes Dave Kelpin, Steve Faigin, Chuck Freedman, Dick Kruger, John Gilmore, Howard Silverstein, Rob Bohn, Bruce Stiely, John Geraffo, and Livio Forte.

 

Game action from the first game of the Buenos Aires Cup being broadcast by Fox Sports.  Note the cameraman on top of the Buenos Aires Cardinals dugout. The winner of the 5 game series would take the 2004 Cup.

The Foreign Devils took the lead early and won the first game on a beautiful Argentina day.

 

Dave Kelpin admires the Fox Sports banner.  He later homered to put the game out of reach and bought 200 copies of the game DVD allowing Fox to recoup all of its broadcast costs.

 

We toured the world famous home stadium of the Boca Juniors soccer team seeing everything from the locker rooms to walking onto the field.

 

 

Our daily sightseeing included Boca,  an older Italian neighborhood filled with colorful buildings and artistic sights.

 

Several players brought their wives to Buenos Aires.  Here Mmes. Kelpin and Sims ham it up for the web cam as we explore the little Italy neighborhood of Boca.

 

The Cardinal's planning game 2 strategy in their dugout.

 

Game two action with a man on 2nd.  A close game, the Foreign Devils took the game and a 2-0 lead in the Buenos Aires Cup Series!

 

A group shot of the Foreign Devils and the Buenos Aires Cardinals.  The Cardinals were gracious hosts and a talented team of baseball players.

 

The downtown Buenos Aires area has marvelous architecture, historic buildings, famous cathedrals, fabulous museums, and a world renowned opera house we were able to tour.

 

We visited Recoleta cemetery and the grave of Evita Perone.

 

Our evening tango lessons were a highlight of the trip.

 

After we took the first two games of the Buenos Aires Cup, the locals held an evening rally to spur on their home teams.  

 

 

Facing the Tigres, the runner breaks for third in late inning action.  The Devils held on to win and claim the 2004 Buenos Aires Cup.

The Tigres during a late inning rally.  Both the Tigres and Cardinals were great sportsman and wonderful host during our stay. With 4 of the 5 games won by one run or else, it was also a great baseball experience.

Our daily post game reception with Argentina players and their families was a trip highlight. Here one of our players has a photo op with the family of today's starting Tigres pitcher.

 

The Foreign Devils aboard our sightseeing ship prior to our journey deep into the heart of Tigre City.

 

A wonderful outdoor lunch at an excellent restaurant located directly on the river after our morning of cruising.

 

Doesn't look like any of these guys are going to be stealing a base today.  Seems more like a future of  turning  doubles into  singles . . . . .

 

Wearing USA jerseys given to us by our hosts, we mixed our teams for a goodwill game on our last day which provided a great baseball comradery experience for all.

 

With the US Olympic team eliminated from 2004 Olympic baseball competition, we were America's only hope for international victory in 2004!

 

Every place we visited seemed to have tango dancers honing their craft.

 

 

Our farewell banquet was quite an event as we invited all the the opposing team players and their families.  Our dinner party  included 16 Americans and 45 Argentineans and lasted until 2am.  

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Nikita Gilmore at The Trop

 

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