This season, 33 minor league teams have been competing in the Copa de la Diversión – the Fun Cup. According to the MiLB website, this season-long promotion is “specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.” The campaign follows the 2017 marketing campaign, “It’s Fun to Be a Fan” (“Es Divertido Ser Un Fan”). It’s also an opportunity to sell cool Spanish-language merch and be silly in a whole other language.
There were 165 games this season designated as “Copa” games, so there is still plenty of time to catch one. I had the pleasure of attending the Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake’s (Ghost Crabs, aka Bowie Baysox) event on June 26. Players were announced in both English and Spanish, Latin music was played throughout the game, and the concession stand included tacos, nachos, yucca, frijoles, and plantanitos fritos.
Of course, this is in addition to the regularly scheduled Latino heritage nights that are found throughout both MLB and MiLB. Check out the list of remaining Latino heritage nights below – and definitely check out the Copa de la Diversión!
|13-Jul||Dominican Heritage Night||White Sox|
|14-Jul||Nicaraguan Heritage Day||Marlins|
|15-Jul||Hispanic Day at the Ballpark||Norfolk|
|27-Jul||Colombian Heritage Celebration||Marlins|
|11-Aug||Dominican Heritiage Night||Marlins|
|11-Aug||Fiesta Tigres (special tix)||Tigers|
|16-Aug||Goya Latino Family Celebration||Phillies|
|26-Aug||Latino Family Festival||Red Sox|
|1-Sep||Viva Los Reales||Royals|
|5-Sep||Roberto Clemente & Hispanic Heritage Day||Nationals|
|7-Sep||Hispanic Heritage Night||White Sox|
|8-Sep||Hispanic Heritage Day||Diamondbacks|
|9-Sep||Hispanic Heritage Day||A’s|
|9-Sep||Dia de los Rockies||Rockies|
|16-Sep||Hispanic Heritage Street Fest||Astros|
|16-Sep||Los Bravos Day||Braves|
|19-Sep||Dia de los Dodgers Night||Dodgers|
|22-Sep||Hispanic Heritage Night||Rangers|
|23-Sep||Mexican Heritage Celebration||Marlins|
|14-16-Sep||Hispanic Heritage Weekend||Padres|