Cuban Aces Charm A Baseball-Loving City

Their winning style has U.S. fans asking, Why shouldn't the best play the best?

Its beloved, hapless Orioles haven't given this gritty port city much to cheer about lately, and neither did the drizzly weather last Monday. But you could feel a tropical sizzle building as the lights came up at Camden Yards that evening, and about 150 police officers--three times the usual contingent--surrounded the place. A salsa band heated up the bricks behind left field, and the usual ballpark air of stale beer and popcorn gave way to the exotic aromas of rum-and-mint mojitos and fine Havana cigars, which Yanqui yuppies puffed in violation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba. In the parking...

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