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Baseball in Oaxaca
by Ron Mader

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Oaxaca City is a great place to watch baseball.

GUERREROS

One of the most storied teams in Mexican Baseball League's Southern Division, the Guerreros de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Warriors) play at the Eduardo Vasconcelos stadium located 15 blocks northwest of the Zócalo and three blocks east of the ADO bus station on Niños Heroes de Chapultepec.

The season runs March-August and play-offs are in September. The Mexican League is a AAA-level baseball minor league.

TIP -- If you go to an evening game, take a jacket to keep warm. After sunset, the temperature drops quickly. During the rainy season, bring an umbrella.

For news and standings, consult MLB's team page. MLB also provides the roster and schedule for the Guerreros and league standings.

GUERRERITAS

Mexican teams have mascots AND cheerleaders. Oaxaca's featured dancers are the Guerreritas or the 'Warriorettes.' (Photo)

THE FIELD

The playing field dimensions are 350 feet down the left field line, 320 feet down the right field line, 380 and 360 feet to the left and right field power alleys, and 410 feet to the deepest point in center field. The artificial turf is always green.

THE STADIUM

The Eduardo Vasconcelos stadium was first constructed in 1950 and renovated in 1996. The stadium has a seating capacity of 7,500. New in 2008 is a large video screen that shows crowd shots and Tato-cam.

WHERE TO SIT

If you want to catch a bit of sun, sit behind third base. If you want a great mountain view, sit behind first base. If you prefer immerse yourself in the noise and Guerreromania, sit behind home plate. If you want the cheap seats, head toward the seats behind the outfield.

BORED?

If you get bored, compare the number of Banamex advertisements. Extra points if you can spot the promotion for a local bookstore.

MEDIA

Games are webcast online!

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TOP HITS

Here are the signature songs being played during the games of the 2007 season: Sexy Lady, Who let the dogs out, If you're happy and you know it, Come on, feel the noise and Vaquero.

FAQ

Is the grass real? - No, it's plastic.

What song is played in the 7th inning stretch? - 'Mi Linda Oaxaca' or 'My Beautiful Oaxaca'

What is the most common cheer? - 'A la bio, a la bao, a la bin bon bah, Guerreros, Guerreros, rah rah rah'

Which of the Guerreros players is from Oaxaca? - Jaime Brena

Which prominent Mexican artist painted the baseball murals? - Demian Flores

BEIS

Beis is popular in southern Mexico and Oaxaca has amateur clubs galore and a standout professional team in the Mexican Baeball League.

At the amateur level is the Liga Vasconcelos.


AUTHOR

Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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