"PLAY BALL !" ...no..we're not !
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Mar 4, 2013 12:50 PM Last Post By: cactusbite
Feb 22, 2013 4:35 PM
"PLAY BALL !" ...no..we're not !I woke up 13 hours ago and saw the news bar ..."Cuba and Korea refuse to play baseball game due to dispute about ball type. in World Classic.
I went to work and just got home and was dying to hear the details and I see no one hear has written about it....tsk tsk...
I'm going online now to get the lowdown..having been to over 40 ball games in Cuba, I know they use the Mizuno brand ball in their league.
Feb 22, 2013 4:57 PM
1Ok..not so bad. It turns out this was a practice game in Taiwan between Cuba and Korea and the WBC World Baseball Classic is March 2-19. Still somewhat comical.
I have been in Cuba the past two World Baseball Classics and the entire country is riveted to their TV sets, regardless of the weird Asian TV time zone where some of the games begin. Later the games end up n San Diego and Florida, once in Toronto.
Last time I won numerous rum bottles when I tried to convince the people that the Japanese would kill the Cuba National team. Cubans were stunned and silent that players in Asia were so good.
Actually I think Korea and Japan always end up in the top tiers of standings. Americans don't care (no big money, so no hype) Canada does always reasonably well and surprising because the Canadian best pitchers don't come (don't won't injuries and lose their professional paydays). Puerto Rico and Dominica Republic big Major League stars come and have been hot and cold. Venezuelan Major leaguers come and show good stuff. We'll see - always look forward to this event.
Feb 22, 2013 8:41 PM
Mar 4, 2013 12:50 PM
3In their second game Cuba scored 12 runs - China 0 (7 innings - mercy rule). First baseman Jose Abreu of the Cienfuegos team had a grand slam and another RBI.
Two years ago I remember Jose didn't show up for two games. In town we were all asking "where is he ?" since he was in the League Home Run title race. It turns out he had a fight with his father who went after his son with a bat. This took place at the old Hotel Pasacaballo where Los Elephantes like to drink beer between games.
Cuba, currently 2 and 0 will now play Japan for it's third game.
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