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Yes. Baseball. Or as we spell it (and sounds the same) "beísbol".
Venezuela is the only South American country in which exists a very strong and entusiastic baseball tradition. In the rest of South America they play "futbol" (in English: soccer).
Baseball is our national sport. Why? Venezuelan, placed on the top of South America is a caribbean country. We have the Caribbean sea from coast to coast (not bad, uh?). In sports we have been always related to other countries that play the game: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico and U.S.A. In the Big Leagues they have outstanding venezuelans players: Omar Vizquel, Andres Galarraga, Magglio Ordoñez, etc.
The baseball tradition started in the early XX century and was reinforced with our oil-petroleum boom. Specially when oil workers and U.S. enterprises stablished all over Venezuelan and lived in "campos petroleros" (oil "camps", little towns in the middle of nowhere).
I belong to the newest venezuelan baseball team: Los Caribes de Oriente. The Caribes were the venezuelan indians that lived all along the coast and had to fight agains the spanish conquerors. Very, very fierce. (That is what the fish you call piranna, piranha, pirana, we call "caribe").
We just lost "the great final" against "Los Tigres de Aragua". The Tigers... They are the ones that are going to Dominican Republic to play "La Serie del Caribe" (D.R, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela). Now ALL venezuelans are rooting for them. That´s how it works.
The most famous teams, that didnt make it this year (HA!) are "Los Leones del Caracas" and "Los Navegantes del Magallanes".
Going to the stadium is a big FEAST!!! People sing, dance, eat, drink and venezuelan women show how sexy and beautifull they are.
2004 UPDATE: The Caribes de Oriente -my team- is on the lead, on the very first place. YESSS!!! We are on the middle of our béisbol season and is veeeery exciting!!!
Equipment: If you go to any of the baseball stadiums, dress down, dress confortable. Do not look wealthy. Do not count your money in front of everybody. And is much better if you go with someone else.
Be ready to sing, dance, twist and shout. And be prepared for a beer shower right after the last OUT. Everybody throws to the air (but far way from itself) what is left on their beer bottles or cups.
I've been told that restrooms are o.k. Somehow I dont believe them.
Address: ESTADIO UNIVERSITARIO DE CARACAS
Directions: Right next to UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA.
Closest metro station: Las Tres Gracias.
But right now, January 2004, the baseball season is over.
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