Nick Heath wants you to come see for yourself – baseball in Santo Domingo is not at all like most games in the United States. “It’s just constant cheering and screaming and ‘you’ve got this.’ [The fans] just really, really support players, but also let you hear it when you don’t do good,” said the Royals outfield prospect. Heath is spending his winter playing in the Dominican Winter League and he has been in awe of the raucous crowds he has seen throughout his first season playing center fielder for the Tigres del Licey.
Heath asked teammates Erick Mejia and Jorge Bonifacio what he was getting himself into before heading to their native Dominican Republic. They tried to explain the atmosphere, but “the impression I got was nothing like actually being here and seeing it for myself,” Heath said.
Contrast that “constant cheering and screaming” with most any regular-season game at any level of pro baseball in the US. This is where Heath chose his words carefully.
“Not to knock fans back home but every game here is like a playoff game game and every game is packed,” said Heath. “I’d kill to have baseball like this in America. Everything in baseball…