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Experience the Dominican Republic #

Via USA Today - A little bit of history with some nice photos — it's actually a tourism promo, but a nice read if you have 5 minutes to spare.
Today, the DR's all-consuming passion and national pride is a sport visiting Americans well recognize: baseball (beisbol). The game became wildly popular after U.S. troops landed in 1916 to restore political stability. Dominicans have such an unusual aptitude for the game that today they account for about 40% of foreign-born players in U.S. major leagues.