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How to celebrate baseball with Copa de la Diversión

We dive into what the Copa de la Diversión series is and the history behind this event which lasts the entire season of Minor League Baseball.

A pitcher wears the blue and pink Flying Chanclas de San Antonio uniform for Copa de la Diversion

Check out the special Copa de la Diversión uniform.

Photo by Vashaun Newman

Minor League Baseball fans know that baseball season means it’s time for Copa de la Diversión (or “Fun Cup”) — a season-long event series designed to “connect teams with their local US Hispanic communities.”

For special games and events, the Missions transform into Las Flying Chanclas — so named to honor the “symbol of strength, discipline, and love” embodied in an abuelita’s chancla.

Las Flying Chanclas logo for Copa de la Diversion features a flying sandal.

The logo even features a flying chanclas.

Photo courtesy of the Missions

Copa de la Diversión began in 2017 with four teams in Charlotte, Durham, Visalia, and Las Vegas. The next year, it expanded to 33 teams and added a little competition. The 2018 winner? The attendance-record-breaking Mariachis de Nuevo México in Albuquerque.

This year, 90 MiLB teams will compete to be crowned campeón based on ballpark experience, community engagement, and philanthropic impact.

Help Las Flying Chanclas win by attending events and cheering them on at oone of these upcoming games + events:

  • Flying Chanclas vs Corpus Christi Hooks | Thursday, May 11 | 7:05 p.m.
  • Flying Chanclas vs Amarillo Sod Poodles | Thursday, May 25 | 7:05 p.m.
  • Flying Chanclas Mug Giveaway | Friday, May 26, 7:05 p.m.

Pro tip: You can catch The Missions playing as the Flying Chanclas every Thursday. Just be sure you’re representing your team in style.

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