Ozzie Guillen

Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to 'Play Ball' amid crisis

For 10 years, ever since they bonded over baseball at work, Franlet Bencomo and Elbert Albarran haven't missed an opening day game together.

This year, however, they left their kids behind and ate a big breakfast before heading out to watch their beloved Caracas Lions because a hot dog inside the stadium costs more than 10 percent of the roughly $30 each makes a month at their minimum-wage jobs.

"Now we have to eat beforehand, watch the game and go straight home" said Bencomo, in line for tickets six hours before the start of Friday's season opener. "There's no other way."

Throughout Venezuela, as winter league play gets under way, fans are having...