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A U.S.-Cuba baseball series resumes

Jul 6, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

Cuba

We sent some college kids to Havana to resume a series that has been on hiatus since 1996:

A team of college stars representing the United States faced off with a veteran Cuban national squad in Havana, reviving a series between two baseball-crazy nations 16 years after it was called off at a nadir in relations … The last time Cuba and the U.S. played a series like this outside of tournament play was 1996, which even among 53 years of bad blood stood out as a particularly bad year for U.S.-Cuban relations: That February, Cuba shot down two small planes piloted by an anti-Castro exile group that Havana accused of entering its airspace to drop leaflets. Later, President Clinton signed the Helms-Burton Act, which dramatically hardened the U.S. trade embargo.

No word if Major League Baseball is going to suspend them for five games like they did Ozzie, what with the league being run by anti-Cuba hawks now.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I’m sure the comments section is only going to have baseball and not politics…

  2. heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    George, the word around the office is that you’re a communist.

  3. onbucky96 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I’m sure agents won’t be nearby to corrupt Team Cuba with Western Idiology(staight cash hommie).

  4. Old Gator - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Okay, let’s see – it says on the bottom of this thing that after I pull the pin and release the lever here, I have five seconds to throw it as far away as I can and then get behind something really solid and cover my ears. Let’s try it out.

    After they buzzed the Malecón and dropped leaflets the first time, Castro warned those dolts that they’d be shot down if they entered his airspace again. Not only were they stupid enough to go up against a MIG-23 and a Mig-29 in Cesna Skymasters, but they were doubly stupid enough to announce that they planned to go despite being warned that they’d be shot down if they did. I’m not sure whether or not the gene pool was spared further contamination by the DNA for acute recalcitrant idiocy or whether they had spread their seed before committing suicide by MIG. Regardless, the fact that they weren’t grounded by the FAA in the first place was pretty solid evidence that someone in Washington was looking for an excuse to tighten the embargo and perpetuate what was already 46 years of utter foreign policy futility without parallel in the anals (sic) of US diplomacy. And now we have whole streets in Macondo named after these morons.

    Thank Buddha we seem to have beheld the dawning of reality perception, even if it’s baseball instead of ping-pong.

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