The Caribbean Island of Aruba had a very unique path to the Cal Ripken World Series. Commissioner Eldwin Geerman told us that the team had very few opportunities to practice for the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s health and safety protocols. The team is extremely grateful for the opportunity to compete in this year’s series, with Geerman having this to say on the matter, “When we got the call about playing in this tournament, it was a no-question situation. With all the Covid struggles we have went through and not getting to play baseball, we could not be more excited to compete.”
Aruba fields an all-star team from across the island, with Geerman telling me they choose roughly 4 players from each section of the island. Although the team has not had the opportunity to prepare in competitive tournaments this year as they have in the past, the squad has continuity from years past that will benefit them in Branson.
With the unusual circumstances of the past year and the team’s hunger to compete at this high of a level again, expect this Aruba squad to arrive in Branson with a winning mentality and gratefulness to the game!