Thursday, December 15, 2005

Cuban Team Blocked from "World" Baseball Classic

Cuban Congresspeople have urged the Treasury Department to block the the Cuban baseball team's access to the U.S. to play in the World Baseball Classic. They suggest, instead, that Cuban baseball defectors already in the U.S. and playing professionally on teams ought to form the Cuban team.

First, I hope Castro does kick it soon and those Cuban Congresspeople and exiles can prove their lack of loyalty or love for the U.S. and leave. Go back to Cuba, reclaim their incredible wealth, and pick up the oppression that lead to revolution where they left off. They are messing up our electoral system by leveraging their political power, infiltrating our government, and using the U.S. to wage a vendetta. They don't want to be Americans, they don't love this country, they lie in their naturalization oaths when they claim to deny any other allegiances.

Second, if we don't allow Cuban baseball players to come to our country, how can they defect? And once they defect, they no longer represent Cuba. Saying American baseball players could represent Cuba just bolsters the fact that Cubans are just using America while they bide their time.

We defeated the Soviet Union in Lake Placid in 1980. How are we supposed to get some sort of symbolic victory against Castro if we don't allow the Cuban team to play? We shouldn't get to host a "World" Baseball Classic if we're going to use it as a political wedge, just like no one should get to host the Olympics if they are going to try to exclude any teams from playing. It's an insult to the sport and makes the idea of competition a lie.

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