Baseball is recognized as an “All-American sport” specific to the United States, but in
reality it's a transnational game that is imbedded into the cultures of several nations all over the
world. It was used as a vehicle for Latinos in Cuba and the Dominican Republic to express
nationalism and challenge their oppressors. It provided social mobility to the poor and middle
class, broke down class barriers, established local attachments to the community, and fostered
newfound nationalism in both countries that made baseball more than just a game. Although
Latinos originally found the sport in the United States, they recreated it for themselves at home.