From today, the teams of Island of Youth and Ciego de Avila will meet in a duel for the crown of the 54th national baseball championship, the national sport of Cuba.
The first of these teams to win 4 of the 7 scheduled matches will be the new national champion.
José Ramón Cepero Stadium, the headquarters of baseball players in Ciego de Avila, a province about 430 kilometers east of the capital, is hosting the first two matches.
After a break on Sunday, the match will resume on Monday at Cristobal Labra Stadium, in Nueva Gerona, on the Isle of Youth, which has a special status. 3 matches are played.
If necessary, the last two matches would be played again at Ciego de Avila.
The Ile de la Jeunesse team achieved the feat of dominating the Matanzas team, the best of this championship and vice-champion of the championships 2013 and 2014. What’s more, the Isle of Youth, which won 15 points against 5 hands down in the previous match at Victoria de Girón Stadium, packed with 25,000 Matanzas fans, who for the 4th time in a row qualify for the semi-finals of a championship, but who can not win the title.
The current final is brand new. For the first time in history, the Ile de la Jeunesse team, which was the last team to qualify for the semi-finals, has reached the final phase. A real feat. The best result this team achieved before was 3rd place which was won in 1999 during the 38th championship.
Ciego de Avila wants to win his second title. He won one in 2012. This is the third time this team has fought for the title in the last 5 years.
Those who thought that the absence of the 4 big teams, Santiago de Cuba, Industriales, Villa Clara and Pinar del Rio, the current champion, from the semifinals, would take away her brilliance, were seriously mistaken. The semifinals caught the attention of not only the fans, but also millions of Cuban baseball enthusiasts who like a hard fight.
Specialists predict that the final will be decided after 6 matches, some even believe that it will be necessary to wait for the 7th to get a new champion.