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.