Let's just imagine this scenario for a minute. President Obama watches Team U.S.A. in the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. has won their first two games in the tournament. But President Obama sees a couple of things that he doesn't like. He thinks Adam Dunn is a terrible player. He doesn't like the way Davey Johnson is managing the game. He feels there should be more White Sox players in the team like Jim Thome and A.J. Pierzynski. He thinks Jimmy Rollins should be starting every game instead of Derek Jeter. You get my point, crazy huh ? That will never happen. Well if it's in regards to Team Cuba, it does happen. President Fidel Castro (it's not Raul, I'm sure Fidel is still running the show) blasted Team Cuba. Why ? Because that's the way things roll around in Cuba. Castro writes a column often in the government's newspaper. Well this time he decides to write about Team Cuba:
Fidel Castro's Reflection on Second Baseball Classic
Reflections by Comrade Fidel
I am trying to follow the events of the Baseball Classic, thanks to our national television services.
The game between the teams from Japan and South Korea, Cuba’s strongest opponents, took place on Monday March 9. The score was 1-0 in favor of the latter and Japan only had two more opportunities to bat.
The dangerous and emblematic Ichiro, who had already failed on three occasions, hit a single.
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.
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
March 9 2009
(Translated by Granma International)
This is incredible ! Hey Fidel, go eat a pinga !