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“Escape 4 the Game”

Sep 25, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

This is the trailer for what could prove to be a fantastic documentary about a group of Cuban baseball players — including Yunel Escobar — who risked their lives to come to the United States:

The description at the film’s fundraising page:

The story is told through the eyes of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop, Yunel Escobar, with supporting commentary from his childhood friends who joined them on the journey. After a twelve-day plight that included going into hiding and having no contact with the outside world, swimming across crocodile-infested waters, and sailing into the dark of night with only one working motor, the men were only half-way there. A story of courage, strength, and perseverance, Escape 4 the Game will take you on a voyage so many make, yet few survive.

It’s just astounding how much people risk to leave Cuba. And it speaks loudly about the freedoms we have. People risk their lives every day for what we so often take for granted. Mind-blowing.

Probably worth remembering the next time the sports media and fandom start to get on a Cuban ballplayer for allegedly not “respecting the game.” Bah. They’ve known worse than most of us ever will. Maybe now they’re just enjoying themselves doing something that they risked everything to do.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    It is not entirely unlike my youthful escape from Schenectady, except for the crocodiles and stuff.

  2. moogro - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    As long as he doesn’t get behind the wheel, eh Gator?

  3. earpaniac - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I agree that what we take for granted others risk their lives for, but I disagree with your insinuation that if you’ve been through absurd tough things its ok to act like an ass.

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