Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/23/13
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman hunched down like a catcher, ready to take the throw. The pitcher jumped straight up, did a 360-degree spin in the air, landed and threw. Cuban baseball is meeting ballet in Cincinnati. Chapman, who defected from Cuba in 2009, is going to team up on a ceremonial pitch with Cincinnati Ballet principal dancer Cervilio Miguel Amador, who left the island nation in 2003. Chapman invited Amador to Great American Ball Park to practice on Friday before a game against Milwaukee. They'll make their pitch before Sunday's game. The two met in Cincinnati through a mutual acquaintance and talk about their homeland a lot. Amador played a little bit of baseball as a boy. He notes that three big passions in Cuba are baseball, ballet and boxing.
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