Cuba: When half the baseball team flees after the tournament – politics


Christoph Gurk, Buenos Aires

By Monday, the full extent of the disaster was clear. It was early in the morning when a plane landed in Havana at the beginning of the week with the Cuban baseball team. In Mexico, she had competed in the U-23 World Cup, but instead of a win, she only took home a disappointing fourth place. And if that wasn’t bad enough, half of the team was still missing: 12 of the 24 players should not have been allowed to return to the island. Most likely they headed for the US from Mexico, lured by the dream of a lucrative contract in Major League MLB or at the very least driven by the desire for a slightly better life with the imperialist class enemy.

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