A couple months ago, I posted some pictures from Masaya, including these baseball shots of the San Fernando home team taking on the challengers from Leon. This morning I noticed a Blogcritics article entitled “Baseball, Poetry, and Nicaragua,” in which author Terrence Clarke waxes nostalgic about his baseball diplomacy mission to the Sandinista government in 1986:
A snicker went up from the Nicaraguans, all of them amused by this display of gringo naivety.
â€œSeÃ±or,â€ the fellow next to me said. â€œBaseball is a Central American game.â€
â€œBeg your pardon?â€
â€œThe Indians were playing it here two thousand years ago.â€
There was general agreement with this.