November 22, 2013
Stuff that Michael Moore did not tell you about Cuba
Silvio Canto, Jr.
There is something very bad going on in Cuba.
First, we hear of health care but:
“Officers of the Ministry of Education (MINED), Central Region, at a
government meeting on Monday the 11th, suspended the Schools in the
Countryside program for November and December, because of the
complicated epidemiological situation in the province.
Guilfredo Martin Betancourt, a MINED official, said the province is
experiencing cases of cholera and dengue fever, without giving specifics
with regards to numbers, given the environmental and social indiscipline
Second, we hear that 1,000,000 homes in Cuba do not have running water.
This one is a real shock to any Cuban who remembers pre-Castro Cuba. We
had a lot of problems in pre-Castro but running water was not one of them.
Let’s file these two under “What Michael Moore missed when he went to Cuba”.
We hear of reforms and reforms but the island’s ballplayers would rather
play under “yankee imperialismo”. It’s amazing because these are young
men who grew up in Castro’s Cuba and learned that “playing ball for
money” was a capitalist sin.
We just learned that more Cuban players have “sinned” and left that
workers’ paradise that so many of our college professors love so much.
Here is the story:
“Erisbel Arruebarruena, Cuba’s starting shortstop in the WBC, and
reliever Raicel Iglesias are said to be training in the Dominican
Republic and Mexico, respectively, according to the Spanish daily El
Nuevo Herald in Miami.
Both players are seeking to establish residency in those countries so
they can apply for free agency and negotiate with MLB teams.
In late October, their WBC teammate Jose Dariel Abreu signed a six-year,
$68 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, the largest contract ever
given a Cuban defector.
Also in October, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban infielder
Alexander Guerrero for four years and $28 million.
Arruebarruena and Iglesias, both 23, are not expected to command those
types of figures, but they have drawn interest from big-league clubs.”
Some major league team is going to get a nice shortstop and bullpen help.
More importantly, two more Cubans have voted with their feet and told
the world what they think of the island’s reforms.
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