The final series for Panama’s Baseball Championship is on.
Plus you get to watch the games in David’s brand spanking new stadium.
April 27, 28 & 29th.
Sadly, our team Chiriqui Occidental (Puerto Armuelles) didn’t make into the final series but Chiriqui (David) did.
They are battling it out with Bocas Del Toro.
The team who wins 4 out of 7 games is crowned champion.
Right now they are 1 and 1.
UPDATE: After 4 games it is now 2 and 2! Scores below.
- Game 1 – April 24 – R. Carew Stadium (Panama City) – Score: 3-4 (Bocas)
- Game 2 – April 25 – R. Carew Stadium (Panama City) – Score: 5-4 (Chiriqui)
- Game 3 – April 27 @ 7pm – K. Serracin Stadium (David)– Score 3-6 (Chiriqui)
- Game 4 – April 28 @ 7pm – K. Serracin Stadium (David) – Score 12-3 (Bocas)
- .Game 5 – April 29 @ 6pm – K. Serracin Stadium (David)
- Game 6 – May 1 @ 7:30pm – R. Carew Stadium (Panama City)
- Game 7 – May 2 @ 7:30pm – R. Carew Stadium (Panama City)
Tickets go on sale the day of the game. The box office opens at either 10 or noon. I have heard both times.
Chiriqui Province’s Love Of Baseball
Chiriqui really wants to win this championship. They were the champions in 2016.
Then Colon beat Chiriqui to win last year’s championship.
But I must say Colon deserved the win. It was the first time in 54 years, that Colon won the championship.
Regardless, Chiriqui wants the title of champion back in 2018.
I am rooting for Chiriqui! I advise you to do the same – at least out-loud.
Chiricanos (people from Chiriqui) are very proud of their province. And they have many reasons to be proud. One being baseball. Chiricanos are very very good at baseball. You won’t make any friends rooting for a rival team.
Carlos Ruiz – Major Leaguer
In fact, one of David’s prodigal sons, Carlos Ruiz, will be playing. Ruiz is a catcher in US Major League Baseball: Phillies, Dodgers, most recently the Mariners, and now a free agent. Ruiz is the only player in the history of the National League to catch four no-hitters, and 1 of only 2 catchers in Major League Baseball, the other being Jason Varitek. (source: Wikipedia).
Chiriqui is so good at baseball it has 2 teams. Chiriqui is only 1 of 2 provinces that has 2 baseball teams: Chiriqui Occidental (Puerto Armuelles) and Chiriqui Oeste (David). The only other province with 2 teams is Panama (Panama Metro and Panama West), which is hands down the most populous province in the country. The Panama Metro team wins many championships, Herrera is often a contender, and Chirqui continues to hold its own.
TIP: One quick way to start a friendship with a local Chiricano is ask about their baseball team.
Some Misc Info: The Panamanian Major League (also known as the Panama Baseball League) has been in existence since 1945. The league has 12 teams: Panama Metro, Panama West, Chiriqui Occidente, Veraguas, Los Santos, Herrera, Darién, Chiriqui, Colon, Cocle and Bocas de Toro.
This is Panama’s 75th National Baseball Championship.
For more info on Panama Major league baseball, check out this website. Their website will post the scores for each game and more.
Kenny Serracin Stadium – only 1 month old
The Kenny Serracin Stadium is brand new.
It had its first game on March 23, 2018. And Chiriqui won!
They were playing against one of their top rivals Herrera. Huge celebrations ensued!
The stadium has seats for 8500 fans. The old stadium only accommodated 2000 people.
It is all tricked out with lights and modern boxes. It was built to comply with the requirements of a Major League stadium in the States.
Where is it?
It is easy to find. It is pretty big.
It is by the intersection of the Interamericana and the overpass of the new road to Boquete. Another way to think about it, is that it is close to the Super Baru, the supermarket. Or better yet, punch the address into WAZE.
Calle P Norte (e / Av. Obaldía and Vía Belisario Porras)
About Kenny Serracin – the Man
Kenny Serracin is from Puerto Armuelles! (Which is were I live in Panama). That is where he learned to play baseball. He also worked picking bananas in the banana plantations near Puerto Armuelles. Mr. Serracin later moved to David, where taught PE at a school in Doleguita. He then worked as the administrator and sports director of the original baseball stadium.
All the while he continued to play baseball. He was playing for Chiriqui when it won its first championship in 1944.
He was a man who worked for the love of the game. In the 1970s, after he stopped playing ball, Mr. Serracin worked with the Lions Club to form little leagues teams and he help reorganize baseball throughout the province.