Thursday, October 20, 2005
Another reason to root for the Sox
But even more amazing than the turnaround of this once lifeless franchise are the stories of its two Cuban pitching stars, Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and Jose Contreras. The pair infuriated Castro by drawing attention to the true nature of his police state when they defected in 1997 and 2002 respectively. Every time they take the mound in the World Series, the announcers will have another opportunity to mention their daring escapes from Castro's island prison. If they lead their team to a World Series victory, it will provide the ultimate contrast to the obscurity and poverty in which their countrymen are forced to live — and to which they would have remained consigned had they not risked their lives to escape. And it will enrage Castro, whom El Duque once called "the Devil" on national television.
Diego: It's too bad the Sox are not playing the Atlanta Braves. Castro's buddies former President Carter and Ted Turner could have been watching together from the sky box. And who knows, if Carter shared a box with Michael Moore, why not Fidel?