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Monday, December 14, 2015

Why Omar Linares remained loyal to Fidel Castro, Cuba

Yulieski Gourriel is 31 years old and the best player left in Cuba. Friends of his swear he was offered $50 million in an elevator to defect at the first World Baseball Classic in 2006. He instead plays third base for the Industriales, his biggest perk a silver Lada sedan from Russia, his wages ostensibly same as everyone else. Earlier this year, Gourriel told Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff that he is waiting for permission from the Cuban government to play in the major leagues. A source close to the Gourriel family told Yahoo Sports: “He wants to do it legally.” Lourdes Gourriel, the family’s patriarch, was a longtime Serie Nacional star and friendly with Castro. Lourdes Gourriel Jr., also known as Yunito, is a 22-year-old shortstop who might attract even more interest than big brother Yulieski

For the Gourriels and the Mesas – Victor Mesa’s son, known as Victor Victor, has major league talent – and other families, the tug of home is strong enough still to keep them on the island. Because even as Cuba struggles to understand its identity today and into the future, the familiar comforts those who stayed enough to make them consider the future and how soon they might be able to leave and return.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 14, 2015 at 05:43 PM | 18 comment(s)
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