Archer gives fan thrill of lifetime in Cuba

Archer gives fan thrill of lifetime in Cuba

HAVANA -- Playing catch has no borders.

Rays pitcher Chris Archer gave a young fan the thrill of a lifetime with an impromptu game of catch during the Rays' workout at Estadio Latinoamericano.

Wearing a T-shirt and jeans, Archer played catch with Diego Lopez, 9, in foul territory near first base. Lopez was clad in a Rays shirt and Phillies hat. It was shades of the 2008 World Series, but in Havana.

While Archer made a new friend, Rays players were mobbed on the field. James Loney posed for photos. Matt Moore signed autographs, and Cuban native Dayron Varona held a small news conference just off first base.

Arturo Pardavila III is the senior director of social media content at This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.