Last Thursday the 9th of February, the Salon de la Fama Fan Cave in the Marina Casa de Campo was officially inaugurated with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by major league baseball player and manager, Tommy Lasorda, who was joined by numerous latino baseball legends such as Minnie Miñoso, Andres Galarraga, Tony Oliva, Felipe Rojas Alou, Tony Fernandez, Denis Martinez and Bernie Williams.
As the sunset over the Marina Casa de Campo, the baseball luminaries, who had just arrived into the Casa de Campo resort, gathered at the new Fan Cave on the Paseo del Mar, for the inauguration ceremony – the first celebratory event surrounding the 3rd Exaltations to the Salon de la Fama.
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Before the ceremony the luminaries and their families gathered inside the new fan cave, where the air hummed with anticipation and excitement and baseball legends from different generations embraced and reminisced over their glory days. Inside the cave, which will serve as an office for the Salon de la Fama, a small baseball museum and place where fans can enjoy reruns of classic games, they were greeted by founders of the Salon de la Fama del Beisbol Latino, Roberto Weill and Rafael Avila.
Bernie Williams with Minnie Miñoso
Shortly before the ceremony began, the guests, who were mostly Baseball luminaries and their families, but also included a small number of Casa de Campo VIPs moved outside for a champagne cocktail sponsored by Vinos S.A. – who served Korbel Rosé, a California Champagne currently for sale La Enoteca in the Marina Casa de Campo for just RD$785 a bottle.
After a few glasses of Korbel Rosé and many more photo ops with the baseball stars, the inauguration ceremony got underway, starting with a blessing from Padre Victor Garcia of the St Stanislaus Church in Altos de Chavón. Main speaker was Roberto Weill, whose dream of a Latin Baseball Hall of Fame has now become a sparkling reality, a project which began 3 years ago with the first exaltations in 2010 and which will in the future continue to grow to include a Salon de la Fama museum in La Romana – making Casa de Campo and La Romana the “Cooperstown” of Latin Baseball.
“We are making history, because in reality, today, Latinos are the best players in the Major Leagues. Today it is the Latinos who are winning now.”
—- Roberto Wiell, Casa de Campo villa owners and founder of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.
In his speech, Roberto spoke of his hopes and aspirations for the future of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame. “We already have the land in La Romana where we will build the Latin Baseball Hall of Fame museum and we already have the designs – created by Latin architects,” said Wiell, going on to add that the Salon de la Fama Fan Cave is just the start a “taster” of what they want to achieve in the future.
Inauguration of the Fan Cave in the Marina Casa de Campo
Following the speeches, Tom Lasorda led the ribbon cutting ceremony and the event continued with a little more champagne and lots more photos……
The Salon de la Fama “Fan Cave” in the Marina Casa de Campo
The Salon de la Fama fan cave is filled with baseball memorabilia and will serve not only as an office, but also as a place where fans will be able to go and watch past games in the lounge area.
Location: On the Paseo del Mar (pier) near to the La Casita restaurant in the Marina Casa de Campo