Baseball Frenzy In Panama


Snapshot of  baseball frenzy in Panama. As you can see, fans take all kinds of stuff to the games. Notice the small band playing music on the stands. Indeed, baseball games are exciting, vibrating, emotional and noisy. All in one pack. Photo by Omar Upegui R.
Photo by Omar Upegui R.
Photo by Omar Upegui R.

Below is some trivia about the game of baseball which you are probably aware of:

“In 1858, the first known baseball song was written, ‘The Base Ball Polka!’ It was not quite as famous as Jack Norworth’s 1908 classic, ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’, which was written on some scrap paper on a train ride to Manhattan, New York. Norworth then provided those paper scrap lyrics to Albert Von Tilzer who composed the music which in turn was published by the York Music Company and before the year was over, a hit song was born.

Jack Norworth was a very successful vaudeville entertainer / songwriter and spent fifteen minutes writing this classic which is sung during the seventh inning stretch at nearly every ball park in the country. In 1927, he changed some lyrics and a second version appeared.”

And now you know how we enjoy the game of baseball in this small tropical country in Middle America.  Good Day!

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4 thoughts on “Baseball Frenzy In Panama”

  1. It looks like a lot more fun than our baseball games, at least at the pro level. I’ve never been to a baseball game, and never wanted to go. Offer this opportunity, and I just might go!

  2. I wish you could go to one of our baseball games here in Panama. You would not believe your eyes and ears. In fact it’s much more than a ball game; it’s like a wild party with shouting, screaming, dancing, music, crying and what have you. You get the picture.

    Also you will have to be careful to avoid the abundant rivers of “cerveza” flowing down the stands.

    It’s a magnificient spectacle for a person that attends a baseball game for the first time in our country.

    Best Regards,

    Omar.-

  3. Hi!
    Looks like fun—except for the beer! Our American major league “regular” season ended Sept. 28, and we are now in the middle of the playoffs that culminate in the World Series (which is not really a “world” series!). Is there any interest in Panama in these American games? When I was stationed in Panama our TV station (SCN) broadcasted the World Series via satellite on AFRTS for the U.S. bases there (I was there in 1971-2), but I don’t know if it ever gained a following among Panamanians.

    In what league was the game you photographed? Is it local, or all-Panama, or Centro America? Some of the players in the U.S major leagues play winter ball in Venezuela. I’m not sure if any play in Panama. Do you know?
    Sorry for all the questions, but baseball is fascinating to me.
    All the best,
    Terry

  4. Hi Terry:

    Panama has followed baseball for a long time, probably due to the vicinity of the Panama Canal Zone. For example, Rod Carew, a well known player of Major League Baseball who played for the Minnesota Twins, was born and raised in the Canal Zone.

    Manny Sanguillén, Héctor López, Mariano Rivera, Roberto Kelly and others have played in the Mayor Leagues in the United States. Sooner than later Mariano will be admitted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y..

    We follow MLB’s games all through the year broadcasted by our local TV stations. The Yankees and the Red Soxs are the most popular teams in this part of the world. Even as we speak we are following the playoffs; every single game.

    The game that I photographed was the Minor Leagues (Liga Infantil) which is closely followed throughout the country. After that is over, we have the Major League which is even more popular. Than we have a long recess, until the next year comes along. We are now in the middle of that hiatus.

    I’m not really a sports fan, but I do watch some baseball games, specially the World Series with the Yankees playing. If they’re not in, I look elsewhere. I have been a Yankee fan since I was a kid.

    Your questions are fine. It’s okay with me.

    Best Regards,

    Omar.-

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