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Chairman and chief executive officer of Chrysler Group LLC, Sergio Marchionne, speaks to the media at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant production celebration event, Friday, March 14, 2014.  Originally built to produce missiles in 1953, Volkswagon purchased the plant in 1980 and converted it to automobile production before selling it to Chrysler in 1983.  Slated to close in 2010, Chrysler just invested 850 million after it was decided the plant would produce the 200 mid-size Sedan.

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Sterling Heights, MI

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Havana, Cuba

Photo by Dax Melmer

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Baseball in Cuba, like many other Latin American countries, is a national passion.  My time visiting Havana coincided with Cuba’s return to the Caribbean Series for the first time in 54 years.  Before 1961, when Castro abolished professional sports, Cuba had dominated the tournament, winning seven out of the 11 years dating back to 1949. 

However it was anything but a triumphant return for the baseball loving country.  They were the first team eliminated after three embarrassing defeats to Mexico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic and on the day following Cuba’s official elimination, the frustration erupted in Parque Central where dozens of men, both young and old, argued and debated the humiliating loss for hours.

Martin, the owner of a bed and breakfast (casa particular) in Havana, sports an Industriales baseball cap while waiting for Cuba to play a day game against the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series.

A young man hits balls to a group of teens in a park next to the Hotel Nacional in Havana.

February 2014

Photos by Dax Melmer