America has always been a strange dichotomy of mixed messages.
Our fascination, love, fear and disdain of sorts with Cubans has long permeated the American way of life. The Cuban mystique was started by Hollywood, mobsters, musicians and all of the above in Frank Sinatra and so many other influential Americans who spent much of their free time in haciendas and casinos in Havana enjoying the famous and now illegal Cuban cigars.
We see our hopes and fears and triumph with Elian Gonzalez and other refugees traveling through shark-filled, dangerous waters to get to the freedom that we here in the U.S.A. often take for granted. America’s Past Time is an excellent example of this dichotomy. We were taught to fear and hate him, but there are stories of Fidel Castro himself once being a pitching prospect looked at by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Continue reading
Canada was eliminated by Italy last night in the World Baseball Classic. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking.
Well, Mr. Cheney, you aren’t alone. There’s been a lot of criticism of the WBC. That it’s played at a poor time of the year, that it’s not a true showing of international talent, that it’s a superfluous exercise created by the commissioner to do nothing more than line the pockets of Major League Baseball. While it’s hard to argue with some of these points, the critics are missing the bigger picture.