Baseball has always represented something uniquely special to me — something that most Cubans carry in their blood.
I am a proud American citizen with Cuban parents, and whenever I see the Cuban national baseball team I can’t help but pull for them. It's my ancestry — regardless of the political situation on the island. I am able to separate sports and politics and see these Cuban players as athletes, not as puppets of the Castro regime.
Whenever I hear extreme conservative Cubans say they wouldn’t want
for Castro. Rather, we should look at it as a victory for all Cubans around the world — because face it: we know how good
I view these athletes playing on the Cuban baseball team as individuals trying to enhance their way of life and help their families, given the horrible living conditions under the Castro regime, coupled with the horrendous 50-year-old policy of the U.S. embargo, I can't help but support them.
Next time the Houston Rockets play in
Similarly, they should boycott the World Baseball Classic because
I mean, who was not pulling for Dayron Robles the Cuban hurdler in the Olympics? I was! It is in our blood to support our fellow Cubans on the island. We should not adopt this us-versus-them mentality. Some Cuban Americans behave like fanatics.
Do not forget Liván Hernández, El Duque, Rey Ordoñez, Ariel Prieto, Alexei Ramírez, José Contreras, Yunel Escobar and Yuniel Betancourt. All of these individuals defected while on the Cuban national team and have played in the Major leagues. I am sure the Cuban American community in