|IF YOU ARE OZZIE GUILLEN AND YOU SEEM TO SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT FIDEL AND YOU MANAGE THE MIAMI MARLINS, THIS IS THE RESPONSE FROM ANTI CASTRO CUBANS|
Back in 1970 I was the author of an anonymous passage in a book written by Bill Moyers on America. The passage was taken from an article I wrote in the old, mimeograph and paper version of the Oread Daily. My article somehow was making a comparison between the plight of those of us involved in the REVOLUTION and the plight of the American League (at the time) in the All Star Game.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of the game of baseball.
Why? I will tell you why.
Baseball is more than a sport it is poetry. Baseball is about the only mainstream major league team sport not based on war. There is no driving up and down the field, hardly any physical combat involved.
Baseball is a collective team sport where the one on one matchup of a pitcher and a batter is the height of individual athletic drama.
Baseball is a summer game whose championship these days is sometimes played in the snow. It is 162 games where individual games seem to mean nothing until they do. It is a game where balls curve and drop and sometimes form just an illusion of what is going on. fields are infinite. The foul lines continue on into infinity. There is no time keeping in baseball. Its a quantum sport in that way in which time and space are not what they seem.
There is nothing more beautiful then a baseball field on a blue sky clear day. There is nothing more dramatic then a night game on a summer night. Baseball is a painting.
But even baseball, gets caught up in politics, in race, in class struggle, in Empire games. Owners make billions as their teams appreciate in an absurd manner. Players make millions...but are in some respects treated as if they were owned by the management. Sometimes there are strikes or lockouts. Baseball for the good has been globalized and players migrate to the American major leagues from everywhere. Baseball for the bad has been globalized where players all over the world, and most especially in South and Central America and the Caribbean are exploited from an early age in the endless search for the one talent.
Baseball is sometimes Venezuela, a hotbed of the game.
Baseball is sometimes Cuba, a hotbed of the game.
Baseball is sometimes Ozzie Guillen, Hugo Chavez, and sometimes it is even Fidel Castro.
And sometimes baseball is those feisty Cuban exiles down in Miami, growing old, but not going into the night quietly.
PS: Someone, and I will be the one, needs to tell these anti-Castro Cubans that however much they despise Fidel (and that is their right, and I understand where their hatred comes from), he did not systematically exterminate six million of them. I find YOUR freakin' comparison of CASTRO to Hitler OFFENSIVE. I know what Hitler did to my people (Jews), to the Roma people, to gay people. Fidel Castro is not Adolph Hitler. You owe me and a whole lot of others an apology for those signs you are carrying saying Hitler and Castro are the same.
I am tired of everyone on the left, right and in-between compaing anyone they don't like to Adolph Hitler. You all either don't know what you are talking about or you don't care that such comments diminish the pain of others.
The following is from Edge of Sports.