Rice baseball team witnesses history in Cuba after Fidel Castro's death

The Rice University baseball team is watching history unfold in Cuba following the death of Fidel Castro on Friday at age 90.

The Owls arrived in Havana on Wednesday to participate in a 12-day tour of the country in which they are scheduled to play exhibition games against teams from the Cuban Baseball Federation.

The team announced Friday afternoon it had suspended practice and other activities out of respect for Cubans.

Rice assistant communications director John Sullivan, who is in Cuba, said in an email to USA TODAY Sports that the team is safe in its hotel near the water in Havana and taking in the scene.

“Everyone is fine,” Sullivan said. “The locals here are not doing anything close to the (raucous celebrating) in Miami the media back home is showing.

“Everyone here at the hotel (our team and other regular guests) want to be respectful for the Cubans losing their long-time leader.”


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