March 21, 2006, - 2:25 pm

Why There Are No Defections from Cuba’s Baseball Team

By Debbie Schlussel
A host of voices, from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today baseball columnist Hal Bodley, whined that America should let Cuba play in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. If there was an inkling of a chance that some players could defect, their whines might be slightly worthy.
After being rejected by the Treasury Department, the Bush Administration listened to the whiners and allowed the team representing the despotic Catroian dictatorship in. It was also a nod to billionaire Major League Baseball team owners, eager to find new Communist-bred talent. (Yeah, that’s a reason to allow totalitarianism to have a team on our shores.
Cuba reached the finals of the Classic, but thankfully did not win. The Cuban team was bested by the Japanese team, last night.
But don’t look for even a consolation prize of Cuban athletes defecting to freedom. Why?

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(Fidel Castro Trading Card from Infinite Jest)

Well, it might have something to do with the team’s “trainer.” His name: Antonio Castro Soto del Valle. Yes, he’s a Castro, the son of the Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, and is supposed to be an orthopedic surgeon.
Do you really think he’s there to be a trainer or even team doctor? Me, neither. More like an enforcer. Watch for all the Cubans to return home . . . but not of their own accord.
Would hate to see what happens to them for coming in second to a free, capitalist democracy.

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3 Responses

“Would hate to see what happens to them for coming in second to a free, capitalist democracy.”
I imagine the “beardís” son will have them thoroughly thrashed and/or flogged for causing embarrassment to the wonderful communist island.

DeBodine on March 21, 2006 at 2:53 pm

The Beatles and blue jeans in Russia and Yao Ming in China paved the way for capitalism in those countries…but like the history major in the White House THOSE lessons seem lost on y’all!!!

EminemsRevenge on March 21, 2006 at 4:02 pm

I hate to punish the innocent players. I was happy to see Cuba participate in the series.

sayno2fat on March 23, 2006 at 7:33 pm

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