Trinidad  Baseball Road Trip

 

 

    

Trinidad is one of the furthest Caribbean island from the USA and near Venezuela

 

  

Our first day started with a interview with the local television channel followed by a doubleheader.

 

  

Game #1 was a hard fought battle between two teams in red with Trinidad winning 4-3.

 

Game #2 was a different story as the Devils lost to a team largely comprised of Cuban and Dominican players. A bright spot was Nikita Gilmore shown here tripling off a Cuba pitcher.  He then scored on a wild pickoff from the catcher.

 

Our group photo after enjoying a doubleheader our first day on the island.

 

 

On day two we gave two baseball clinics at two schools with newly formed baseball programs while in Trinidad.

 

 

The post clinic wrap up and group photo. We donated baseball equipment at each clinic and the players enjoyed donating their time for such a worthy cause.

 

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery offered panoramic views and the chance to pray for victories!

 

 

 Our first sightseeing stop was St Benedict Monastery which was established in 1912 on 240 acres of land approximately 700 feet above sea level.

 

 

Mountain top Fort King George's museum presented the history of Trinidad.

 

 

 

Fortified by dozens of cannons, Fort King George guarded the harbor from pirates and other attackers.

 

 

 

  

It also provided a spectacular 360 degree view of the island and its harbors.

 

 

Port Of Spain's House of Parliament Was Built In 1906 and The Nearby Magnificent Seven.

 

The Magnificent Seven Houses are a group of mansions located across from Queen's Park Savannah.

 

Day three we travelled by boat to the small island of Gaspar Grande.

 

  

After a short hike to the entrance of Gasparee Cave, we descended to an amazing 80 foot underground cave with a deep pond surrounded by stalagmites and other unusual rock formations. Over as million years of wave action and slightly acidic rainfall created the limestone caverns and cave systems of Gasparee.

 

Later that night the Foreign Devils won a slugfest 22-13 against the Trinidad team.

 

The Foreign Devils warmed up and never looked back. Well, except for George Mullin watching that passed ball go by.

 

Our sightseeing took us to Central Trinidad where we visited the main city Chaguanas and its fresh produce market.

 

Then we were off into the countryside to visit the 85 foot tall statue of Lord Hanuman and the adjoining Ashram.  Hanuman was the mighty ape who aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces and is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon.

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After visiting the Ashram and taking group and team photos outside, we were off for a traditional roti lunch

 

Our final stop was the 250-acre San Antonio Cocoa Estate in Central Trinidadís Montserrat Hills. Here they grow cocoa beans for export to Belgian chocolatiers who are known to be the best in the world.

 

We learned about the processing of cocoa during our tour of the plantation. The Montserrat Cocoa Farmers Co-Operative Society uses the facilities here for processing. 

 

Thereís a growing buzz in Trinidad around local initiatives like this who are helping to build sustainable business models for cocoa production.

 

Day four and we were off to give our second baseball clinic at a different local school. Here Johnny O'Rourke gives pitching tips while Gary Eikenberg teaches infield defense.

 

Alex Vlielander, known as the Dutch Master, goes over hitting fundamentals before we take a group shot.

 

The Foreign Devils and Trinidad teams mixed players the final two games for a great goodwill experience.

 

Rick Convertino bats while the gold glove defense of Gary Eikenberg and Nikita Gilmore man the right side of the infield.

 

Our last day included a trip to the Port of Spain Zoo and Botanical Garden.

 

The Royal Botanical Garden was established in 1818 and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the Caribbean.

 

Our final game was another barn burner with ace Mike Radey on the mound.

 

The opposing players watch as the Foreign Devil's Trinidad baseball tour draw to its conclusion.

 

The post game gift exchange and final group photo brought our week to a close.  Trinidad was a great experience with baseball and sightseeing galore!

 

 

Either The Fans Charging The Field After Our First Victory or Carnival.

 

We stayed at the Trinidad Hilton overlooking Queen's Park Savannah and had a glorious week of fun under the Caribbean sun!

 

 

Baseball and Beaches! What More Could You Ask For On This Exciting Caribbean Road Trip?

 

 

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