HAVANA — President Obama introduced Jackie Robinson’s widow to Cuban President Raul Castro before the start of Tuesday’s exhibition game.
Rachel Robinson was also on Air Force One as the president traveled to Havana. Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, played in Cuba in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers holding their spring training there.
Rarely has so much pomp and circumstance accompanied an exhibition game. Former major leaguers Dave Winfield, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter were among the president’s greeters.
Obama has prime seats for the game and has even participated in a mini-wave where fans briefly stand, yell and raise their arms before sitting back down again. The effort ended almost as soon as it began. He is also chatting with several of the players, including Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer, the team’s star pitcher. Acher gave the president a baseball glove.