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“Our baseball is not for-rent baseball,” second baseman Yulieski Gourriel said last week, in one of his few public comments. “Our team plays for the love of the game, for the love of the uniform we wear. We play for the love we have for our country.”

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March 15, 2006 at 10:51 pm

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  1. Not sure what you’re saying here, but I’ll say this: why is it Castro needs to post armed guards around the houses of the parents, siblings, and spouses of these players when they go overseas if they’re that patriotic? Not that this signals some larger issue, mind you, only . . . I find it strange, given their “patriotism.” (And no, I don’t think that’s anti-communist propaganda. It’s come from too many players, too many times and for too many years. Plus, a scout who once–sniff–scouted me told me about his time scouting Cuban players, and his experience jibed with what else I’ve read.)

    Scott Eric Kaufman

    March 16, 2006 at 10:17 pm

  2. Sure, I guess. Yes, the players often defect. I’m sure many more would like to.

    Some of them seem quite scummy when they do. Remember when El Duque left behind the wife – and Castro wouldn’t let her go for awhile. Of course that’s awful, but hard not to think “Duque, like, knew that was going to happen, right?”

    I just liked the phrase “not for-rent baseball.” Seemed to offer a kind of utopian (and I mean utopian, I think) critique of the sports status quo hereabouts, no?


    March 16, 2006 at 11:29 pm

  3. I thought the story with El Duque (as with Contreras) was that his family had alternate plans for leaving the country which were foiled by Cuban agents. But yes, I would like to believe that there were more “not for-rent” players out there; but I think we’ve seen a number of ones in the WBC, esp. those playing for Dominica. The US? Not so much.

    Scott Eric Kaufman

    March 17, 2006 at 2:26 pm

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