One man from the Ohio Valley had the opportunity of a lifetime, in an unexpected place. Stan Boroski a Buckeye Local graduate, was a part of one great American sport being played for the first time in years in Cuba.
Boroski has been working in baseball since 1991 after being drafted right out of Buckeye Local. Now, he works as the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen coach. The Rays were in Cuba on Tuesday as part of their spring training.
They played the Cuban national team for the first time since the late 1990s, as both President Obama and Raul Castro watched. Carol Boroski, Stan’s wife, told 7News that it was an emotional and overwhelming day.
“And he got to shake President Castro and President Obama’s hand. It was a very historical event, It was just, I had the goosebumps. It was a very touching moment to know that he’s there, and this is the first major league team that’s been over there since 1999,” said Boroski.
The Tampa Bay Rays are on their way back to the states right now.
Boroski said she thinks the simple game helped bring America and Cuba closer together.