Rain cancels game, Jayhawks take in culture
11/23 – Arrive in DR
11/24 – vs. San Francisco
11/24 – vs. MLB All-Stars
11/24 – Community Service
11/25 – vs. Philadelphia
11/25 – vs. Kansas City
11/25 – Community Service
11/26 – vs. Kansas City
11/27 – Return to Kansas
BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic – After heavy rains eliminated any chance of more competition, the Kansas baseball team took time to appreciate the Dominican culture by visiting the capital of Santo Domingo Saturday afternoon.
“One of the great things about this trip was not only giving back to a community, but the importance of seeing a foreign country,” head coach Ritch Price said. Every player who made that trip with us to Santo Domingo today was really impressed with the history and the culture of this great country.”
Price took his squad to the country’s capital to embrace the Dominican culture that has produced many great baseball players over the years.
The team toured the heart of the oldest capital in the western hemisphere, visited forts constructed by the Spanish in the 1700s, took in the biggest monument devoted to Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean and saw the national palace first hand.
Price stressed that it is trips like these that pulls his team closer together.
“There are two huge values to a trip like this,” Price said. “Number one is the extra practices. It can’t be overstated what the extra three weeks of practice does for you from a preparation standpoint. The second part of the trip is the bonding that takes place amongst your team. When you have so many new guys on your roster, you can really come together on this trip. Four years ago we went on and played for the Big 12 Championship and the next year we made a regional. I am hoping this is the foundation for a really good spring.”
The spring may not come soon enough as the Jayhawks were slated to play five games in the short time they were visiting the Dominican Republic. However, heavy rains, though brief, altered Kansas’ plan and forced the squad to play just two games in five days, while holding practice two other times.
KU returns to Lawrence Sunday night, where the team will resume classes Monday to get prepared for the semester’s end and the beginning of winter workouts.
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