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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Vamos Japón!

I almost freaked when I saw Japan self-implode in the 6th inning, with I don't know how many errors in consequent innings, to go from a comfortable 6-1 lead over Cuba...

...just to see it evaporate to 6-5 by the 8th.

Oh God, no, I thought. Anything but Cuba winning the World Cup of Baseball.

That's all we need, but to have that viejo chocho crow over his team having won with the B-team.

Let me get one thing clear:

I feel for those players stuck in that miserable excuse for a dictatorship.

I'd love for them to have a little reflected glory, to cheer up their otherwise oppressive existences -- although to be sure, as athletes, they lead slightly more comfortable and heralded lives, than your average Cuban in Cuba.

But nothing in this world will make me root for a Cuba team to do well, IN ANYTHING.

I take this situation in Cuba very seriously, unlike your majority of non-Cubans, who have a hazy understanding of what happens in Cuba.

This includes most Americans, but also a fair number of Europeans, for whom Cuba is some kind of sex Diseylandia playground.

They seem to think that because the US has an embargo in Cuba, that that's the reason Cuba is so run-down, and the people are suffering.

Not a bit of it.

When you see the paint peeling on walls and buildings in Havana, it has nothing to do with an embargo.

It has to do with not caring to preserve the bourgeois symbols which were built by non-Communists. If it came before the "glorious" Revolution, it is suspect by its very colonial, capitalist nature.

This is why, amongst the hundreds of examples I can give you, Castro ordered all the old baseball club names to be changed, so that everyone started with a clean slate, post-1959.

(And this is why Ceaucescu in Romania razed hundreds of buildings, indeed whole villages, to construct Stalinist architecture monstrosities in their stead -- a world heritage tragedy of unimagined proportions)

Like all Communist countries, they are there to prove that their system is better than the "exploitative" capitalist countries of the West.

Never mind that in no way, shape or form, did any Communist country touch the living standards or civil liberties (as imperfect as they were) of any free Western country.

So when Japan, who rose like a phoenix from the ashes of defeat post-World War II, in no small part because of their own magnificent efforts, but also with tremendous structural help due to the United States' nation-building, was up by 10-6 at the end, I knew one thing:

That Castro wouldn't have the pleasure of dying with a World Cup of Baseball silver trophy on his mantlepiece.

Let the Cubans win 100 times in a row when this monster has passed, and in doing so, has set his country free.

Winning is indeed, not the only thing.

The only thing, is freedom.

4 Comments:

  • Victoria you are an Honorary Cuban! However, last night we were all Japanese! The dictator is a master of propaganda and winning that championship would have given him another chance to praise the glories of his "revolution" while berating the evils of capitalism, bla,bla,bla...

    You have summarized the real isuue beautifully in your post!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Tue Mar 21, 09:21:00 am GMT-5  

  • Nicely done.

    By Blogger Robert, at Tue Mar 21, 10:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria you are an Honorary Cuban!

    A very proud moment, to hear you say that.

    Of course, I'm in the Honourary Cubiche blogroll over at Babalublog, thanks to Val and Robert. :)

    However, last night we were all Japanese!

    I think I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so!

    Ahh, the 80s.

    How the music was crap, but fun.

    The dictator is a master of propaganda

    I honestly don't think there's ever been a better master of propaganda in the history of the world.

    If people point to Goebbels, forget about it.

    People disliked and saw through the Nazis.

    40-some years hence, many around the world today, still buy this idiot's BS.

    Or at the very least, give him a pass because...well I don't know why.

    The answer just can't be as simple as "We hate the US, and love anyone who stands up against them".

    That's too obscene for words.

    and winning that championship would have given him another chance to praise the glories of his "revolution" while berating the evils of capitalism, bla,bla,bla...

    I was at home when I turned on to Canal 10, to see them showing a live shot of the players getting heroes' welcome in Havana on bustops.

    WTF.

    No other channel did that, TTBOMK. Esquierdistas...

    You have summarized the real isuue beautifully in your post!

    Thank you, Jose!

    I'm glad you and Robert seem to have agreed with my experiences.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 22, 01:39:00 am GMT-5  

  • Nicely done.

    Thank you, Robertico. Much appreciated! :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 22, 01:41:00 am GMT-5  

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