"Are you blind? I'm on the field right now!"
March 6, 2013 5:51 PM Subscribe
posted by mwhybark (10 comments total)
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is the 2013 World Baseball Classic Cuban team
In three games, the Cubans
have beaten Brazil, China and Japan. The China game was a shutout played in front of an empty stadium which included such hijinks as the Cubans telling a Chinese player a ball was foul and then tagging him out when he took their word for it.
The Japan game was nearly a shutout until a late-game rally in front of 23,000 Japanese fans overnight.
Mesa has been, by far, the most entertaining single presence across the series. The Cubans' next game is Friday March 8 against the Netherlands and thereafter likely to be a Cuba-Japan rematch on March 10, all of this still in Japan.
From the link:
Mesa played for 19 seasons in the Cuban National Series. He stole 52 bases at age 35 – in a 90 game season. Known for his “showmanship,” Mesa was once ejected from a game for pimping a home run too hard. Not only would he regularly steal home but he would yell at the opposing pitcher while he was doing it. This made him wildly popular with Villa Clara fans.
In 2008, Vanity Fair took a look at the Cuban League with "Commie Ball
(Cuban ball previously
, WBC previously