Thursday, March 19, 2009

There's no more appropriate team for Yulieski Gourriel than the Reds

Stupid politics, depriving the baseball world of so many great players and Hall of Famers. Remember Omar Linares? Never set foot on a Major League Baseball field, but he was one of the greatest third basemen of all time. I loved watching the Olympics to see him play. The New York Times has an article about Cuba being eliminated from the World Baseball Classic that reminisces about how teams used to drool over him. of the juiciest rumors of the late 1980s was that the Toronto Blue Jays and their ingenious general manager, Pat Gillick, were plotting to sign Linares and have him play only home games in Canada.
But stupid politics. Stupid, archaic, lobby-driven notions of danger, stupid ideology. Cuba ceased being any kind of threat to the United States when the Soviet Union fell into the abyss of fallen empires, yet we still have a stupid embargo which has done nothing to change the situation - it has only impoverished a nation of people. And now, after all of the years of dictatorship and poverty, when Cuba seems so close to joining the twenty-first century in the global economy, one can only wonder when the Castros die, will the beautiful island country that breeds baseball players go the way of Haiti, the most dangerous country on Planet Earth? Will the deaths create a power vacuum that will turn the island into a warzone? Will a potential Hall of Famer choose a gun over a bat?

I love international tournaments because we get the opportunity to see the Cubans play ball. It's the only chance we get. I was hoping that the USA would play them in the title game, but Cuba is out and I'm not sure the USA, with its disrespectful attitude towards the WBC, will win another game. (I know that since both teams advanced, the USA-Venezuela game didn't matter much, but Davey Johnson didn't even try. He left Guthrie in even as he was getting pummeled to "get his work in." This is the second time it's happened - the first was with Peavy. And speaking of Venezuela, MLB Network announcers need to shut up about how Magglio Ordonez is a friend of Hugo Chavez. Chavez is not the Hitler Fox News makes him out to be. Stupid politics. Stupid tangents.)

The amazing thing about Cuba's elimination is the fact that since Castro took over, Cuba has never not been in the title game of an international competition. Never in 50 tournaments. Until now. They had won 43 of the 50 tournaments! That's dominance.

Hopefully this administration will finally normalize relations with Cuba and pave the way for Yulieski Gourriel (pictured above) to sign with the Cincinnati Reds (he can play short, right?). He's only 25 years old, so if we get him next year, there's still a lot of life left in those baseball legs! And I'd like to see the Miami franchise moved to Cuba, where people actually go to baseball games - oh, that would be some baseball vacation! You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday, they will join us, and the baseball world will be as one. Oh, yeah, and the greater world, too.

4 comments: said...

Nice Beatles reference.

Anonymous said...

good article. Its kinda sad how people shut down the work the Cubans have did throughout the years and exchange it for one Japan WBC win against them.

Anonymous said...

WoW Gold | World of Warcraft Gold | WoW Power Leveling | Cheap WoW Gold | Cheapest WoW Gold | Buy Cheap WoW Gold | Lineage 2 Adena | Lineage 2 Power Leveling | Lineage 2 Accounts | Lineage 2 CD Key | Warhammer gold | Warhammer Online gold | Warhammer Power leveling | Warhammer Online Power Leveling | Warhammer CD Key | Warhammer Online CD Key | Aion gold | Aion Power Leveling | Aion CD Key | Aion Accounts | Age of Conan gold | AoC gold | Age of Conan Power Leveling | Age of Conan Leveling | Age of Conan CD Key | AoC CD Key | LoTRO Gold | LoTRO Power Leveling | LoTRO CD Key | Lord of the Rings Gold | Lord of the Rings CD Key | LoTRO Accounts | Chronicles of Spellborn Gold | Chronicles of Spellborn Power Leveling | Chronicles of Spellborn CD key | atlantica online gold | atlantica gold | atlantica power leveling | atlantica online power leveling | atlantica cd key | atlantica accounts | darkfall gold | darkfall accounts | darkfall power leveling | darkfall cd key | silkroad gold | silkroad online gold | silkroad power leveling | runes of magic gold | runes of magic power leveling | runes of magic accounts | Maple Story Mesos | Maple Story Power Leveling | EVE ISK | EVE Online ISK | EVE Power Leveling | EVE CD Key | EVE Online CD Key | EverQuest II Platinum | EverQuest 2 Platinum | EQ2 Gold | EverQuest 2 Power Leveling | EQ2 Power Leveling | EverQuest 2 CD Key | EverQuest II CD Key | EQ2 CD Key | EverQuest II Accounts | EQ2 Accounts | EverQuest 2 Accounts | FFXI Gil | FFXI Online Gil | Final Fantasy XI Gil | FFXI Power Leveling | Final Fantasy XI Power Leveling | FFXI CD Key | Final Fantasy XI CD Key|wow gold | wow power leveling | cheap wow gold | buy wow gold | world of warcraft gold | EVE ISK | EVE Power Leveling | EVE CD Key | silkroad gold | silkroad power leveling | Final Fantasy XI Gil | FFXI Gil | FFXI Power Leveling | Final Fantasy XI Power Leveling | FFXI CD Key | Final Fantasy XI CD Key | runes of magic gold | runes of magic accounts | runes of magic power leveling | runes of magic cd key | EverQuest 2 Platinum | EverQuest 2 Gold | EQ2 Gold | EverQuest 2 Power Leveling | EverQuest 2 CD Key | EverQuest 2 Accounts

Anonymous said...

I like your blog, it's very good!
By the way, do you like spyder down jackets, I think they are very fashionable and chic, especially the spyder ski jackets, I love them so much. In my spare time, I also like playing tennis rackets, it can keep healthy, what do you like to do?
kids north face jackets
polo vest
polo jacket
abercrombie fitch mens shirts
polo jackets for men
polo jackets for women
burberry shirts for men
polo hoodies for women
columbia jackets women
polo sweatshirts for women
north face jackets on sale
polo shirts for women
polo shirts wholesale
spyder jackets
ralph lauren polo shirt
polo pants for men
abercrombie fitch shirt
wholesale abercrombie fitch shirts
polo vests
polo jackets
polo hoodies for men
burberry shirts for women
burberry shirts on sale
polo shirts for men
north face jackets cheap
north face jackets for women
north face jackets for men
polo sweatshirts for men
columbia jackets for men
columbia jackets discount
spyder jackets for men
discount spyder jackets
cheap spyder jackets
spyder jacket
spyder jackets for women
tennis racquets
cheap tennis rackets
discount tennis rackets
tennis rackets on sale
prince tennis racquets
head tennis racquets
wilson tennis racquets
babolat tennis racquets