Canadians Can't Corral Cubans; Castro Can't Control Conniption

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The Cuban junior national baseballers hit Canada this month for the 2008 International Baseball Federation World Junior AAA Championships, and a few of the kids decided that Edmonton is the place to be. So far, three Cuban athletes have defected and the Canadians just can't catch 'em. It's as if they're covered in plantain oil!

Of course, Mr. Sticky Wickets Dictator himself Fidel Castro is flummoxed:

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro weighed in last week, calling the defections a "despicable betrayal." The comments were made in a column on Cuba's daily Internet newspaper, Granma. In it, Castro refers to Edmonton as a "dumping ground" for Cuban athletes. Two players from the Cuban team defected in 2000 after another junior baseball tournament wrapped up in Edmonton.

Cuba's daily Internet newspaper is called Gramma? Either way, Castro's pissed but the Edmonton officials are all, "Whaddya want from us? We're not babysitters for your super-talented young Cuban baseball players whom North American professional baseball could take advantage of monetarily." That's not an exact quote, but you catch my drift.


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Since Canadian Bacon is actually ham does that make a Cuban Sandwich breakfast food in Edmonton?

Do you think those three defectors read about terrific truck-oriented baseball opportunities from Rinku and Dinesh's blog?

Edmonton was chosen to host a baseball tournament?

@j.gravy: Two in eight years!

I keep reading "defected" as "defecated."

You can't catch me, I'm slippery

I bet the quality of Mojito's in Canada will improve markedly.

@CTC, either way one thing is for certain. Cuban sandwiches > Cuban dictators.

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First of all if anyone is going to take advantage of anyone monetarily it's the ballplayers who'll be taking advantage of the open market for their skills.

And yes, the official newspaper of the Cuban communist party (and therefore the dictatorship) is called Granma as in granny as in grandmother. The reason is that when Fidel left from Mexico where he was training his guerrilla forces for Cuba with the idea of disembarking in eastern Cuba he rented a yacht named owned by an American named Granma. The landing was a disaster. Most of Castro's men got killed (as had happened before when he attempted to attack a military barracks several years before) but he managed to escape. Lucky bastard. So yes the newspaper of the communist party in Cuba is named after some idiot's grandmother.

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