LAS PIRATAS DE CAMPECHE
Here in Campeche, you have the Mexican Baseball League 2004 champion baseball club. I noticed more people playing, along with more fields devoted to the sport of baseball. I was lucky enough to be invited to the 2005 opening night game between the local Pirates and the Tobasco Olmecas. The stadium was full - about 7000 - and it was a true extravaganza as the home team hoisted the League Trophy from their victorious campaign of last year. The fans demonstrated a good knowledge of the game and were vociferous in their support of their team, while showing respect for the other team, not necessarily found up North. The field has short porches on the corners - 303 feet (the field dimensions are not what you would call a ‘pitcher’s field’) - but it is 404 in center and the hot humid air doesn’t allow the ball to fly well, nor does the hard, constant onshore breeze coming in off of leftfield.
The baseball is maybe US class AA-AAA level, but since these teams are not farm clubs for the major American teams, the players are here for the season, which is much more important from a fan standpoint. It is a great way to spend part of a summer night. The stadium is out along the seaside road about a mile from the main city just below the hill on which Fuerta de San Jose stands. The team was received by Mexican President Vincente Fox after their 2004 victory in which they eliminated their archrivals, the Tigers of Merida and then the two-time consecutive champion Red Devils of Mexico City in the Southern Division playoffs - the Seraperos of Saltillo in the championship series. http://www.lmb.com.mx/ for more on the Mexican Baseball League = LMB, Liga Mexican de Beisbol. Quadrangular in Spanish is HOME RUN.
This night the Pirates rallied to win 4-2 sending the locals home happy into the warm night.
Equipment: Tickets are very popular so get tehm in advance. there may be people selling some outside before the game if it is sold out though.
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People in Campeche must be among the most active in all Mexico - in other place did I see as many people jogging along the seashore.
Campeche is located right at the Gulf of Mexico, with a nice wide footpath beside the main road.
Great place for running.
Equipment: Of course I would have gone for a little run, but I did not know about that opportunity, and all my stuff was at Campeche bus station ;-)
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