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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fidel Castro’s Reflection on Second Baseball Classic

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The Japanese team is excellent; I would like our victory in the Classic to be achieved at the expense of this team; a team that has tremendous technical expertise.

That will not happen if we slide into the carelessness that I observed during the match between Cuba and South Africa on the afternoon of Sunday, March 8.

Both Olivera and Paret were left stunned at first base and Michel Enríquez gave away an out with an irrational advance towards second base after batting a hit, possible too agitated during his run from the base by the order of the coach.

As could be appreciated, that game would have been won on the mercy rule in seven innings, with six homeruns – two from Cepeda – and a record in the Classics. That would have elevated the well-deserved prestige of Cuban sport.

I allow myself to make this criticism because it concerns three exceptional athletes, with tremendous shame, but also confidence in themselves.

They know that they are representing wholesome sport in this international competition. I must express my opinions with honesty and admiration.

Fidel Castro Ruz

Repoz Posted: March 10, 2009 at 08:22 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: March 10, 2009 at 08:45 PM (#3098484)
I would like our ecomonic victory in the world to be achieved at the expense of this blogger.
   2. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: March 10, 2009 at 08:51 PM (#3098491)
Dear Fidel,

Please, PLEASE die soon.

Sincerely,
RMc
   3. Brandon in MO (Yunitility Infielder) Posted: March 10, 2009 at 08:55 PM (#3098499)
We've already had enough underdog stories. This year, the Imperialist Dogs beat the Cubans in Dodger Stadium. Whoot.
   4. The District Attorney Posted: March 10, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3098503)
I still like him better than Chass.
   5. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: March 10, 2009 at 09:22 PM (#3098533)
All those poor bastards who could be living it up in the United States during the summer and coming home to Cuba as heroes to play winter ball.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 10, 2009 at 09:43 PM (#3098560)
Dear Fidel,

Please, PLEASE die soon.

Sincerely,
RMc


kinda of amazing when you think about it--he's been in power since new years 1959

50 frigggin years (I know, technically, he's no longer in power, but..)

that blows away all 20th cent dictators--even Franco didn't make it to 40
   7. Tripon Posted: March 10, 2009 at 09:48 PM (#3098567)
Its amazing how long the people who participated in the revolution is still in power. Cuba literally skipped several generations of people who could have participate in politics.
   8. rr Posted: March 10, 2009 at 09:51 PM (#3098574)
Castro. JE Hoover. Kucinich.

And a Bonds thread was hijacked to talk politics.
   9. Gamingboy Posted: March 10, 2009 at 10:00 PM (#3098588)
B-Movie idea: Fidel died 15 years ago but his brain was transferred to the body of a guy who looks like him. "They Saved Fidel's Brain"
   10. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: March 10, 2009 at 10:05 PM (#3098596)
A-movie idea: Fidel dies just as Peter Angelos, Bud Selig, and the Baltimore Orioles arrive to play the Cuban All-Star team. Two of Castro's aides have to convince the baseball bigwigs he's alive long enough to impress them, rally the Cuban team, and stave off a U.S. invasion.
   11. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: March 10, 2009 at 10:07 PM (#3098600)
And a Bonds thread was hijacked to talk politics.

Oh, that's what's going on in there, makes sense. I've been too scared to click on it. I just watch the post number grow like the home run total of a steroid-addled behemoth.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 10, 2009 at 10:15 PM (#3098614)
Fidel dies just as Peter Angelos, Bud Selig, and the Baltimore Orioles arrive to play the Cuban All-Star team. Two of Castro's aides have to convince the baseball bigwigs he's alive long enough to impress them

wouldn't that just be a cross between Weekend at Bernies and Che!
   13. Dan Evensen Posted: March 11, 2009 at 01:00 AM (#3098798)
"They Saved Fidel's Brain"

I always liked that old Angry Samoans song, "The Saved Hitler's ####\"
   14. Juan V Posted: March 11, 2009 at 05:49 AM (#3099526)
Fidel is displeased that his team only beat Australia by one run. The players clearly don't have enough revolutionary fervor.
   15. Styles P. Deadball Posted: March 11, 2009 at 02:18 PM (#3099650)
I meant to ask this in the game chatter last night, but here's as good a place. What is the general attitude toward this team among Cuban Americans? Do they support them as the team from their homeland, or is it too much an extension of Fidel's regime to elicit support?
   16. GregD Posted: March 11, 2009 at 02:28 PM (#3099659)
At least Fidel understands the problem with bunting:

The Japanese coach ordered a bunt from the second – and without doubt first-rate – batter of the team, and as a result, presented the opponents with their second out.

I am sure that, for our experienced team, that would seemed an error whichever elemental way it is analyzed.
   17. flournoy Posted: March 11, 2009 at 02:35 PM (#3099669)
What is the general attitude toward this team among Cuban Americans? Do they support them as the team from their homeland, or is it too much an extension of Fidel's regime to elicit support?


To take a complete shot in the dark, my guess is that the overwhelming majority support the team. They've no quarrel with the players, after all, and they probably choose to ignore that they're rooting for the same team as Fidel.
   18. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: March 11, 2009 at 03:05 PM (#3099692)
From lurking about on Cuban baseball boards (such that there are), I think that's right, flournoy (of course, there's some self selection there). Still, it's a weird, conflicted vibe.
   19. Rally Posted: March 11, 2009 at 03:10 PM (#3099698)
Its amazing how long the people who participated in the revolution is still in power.


One of my pet peeves about commie talk is this "revolution". It ain't a revolution anymore once you succeed in taking power.
   20. Styles P. Deadball Posted: March 11, 2009 at 03:15 PM (#3099701)
One of my pet peeves about commie talk is this "revolution". It ain't a revolution anymore once you succeed in taking power.


You're absolutely right. However, they see it as the never-ending process to remake society. Of course, if you speak out against the status quo that they've established, you become a "counter-revolutionary", which to me is even more odious than their constant talk of the "revolution".
   21. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: March 11, 2009 at 05:30 PM (#3099927)
The dictatorship doesn't secure the revolution; the revolution secures the dictatorship (hat tip to ma' man George O!).

The Japanese coach ordered a bunt from the second – and without doubt first-rate – batter of the team, and as a result, presented the opponents with their second out.

I am sure that, for our experienced team, that would seemed an error whichever elemental way it is analyzed.


This is why Fidel has held power for 50 years and Joe Morgan has yet to topple a single banana republic: Brains.

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