[Marxism] Only Star Remaining for WBC Finals Is on the Cuban Flag

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Tue Mar 21 08:50:46 MST 2006


Only Star Remaining for WBC Finals Is on the Cuban Flag
Peter C. Bjarkman* for Prensa Latina

San Diego, California, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Major League Baseball´s
first World Baseball Classic did not turn out to be quite what either
the moguls of American professional baseball or the rest of the world
expected it to be.
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The first WBC was a resounding success by every measure. It was
also-in a way MLB officials had not anticipated a turning point for
international baseball.

When the dust cleared the first WBC had proven at least three things.
One was that Cuban baseball is for real. The Cubans have not won so
relentlessly because they only face collegians or pros of lower
classification. Cuban talent has proved capable of rising to the
level of whatever challenge it faces.

A second eye-opener in this tournament has to be the quality of
pitching now found around the world. Dominican manager Acta stressed
that perception after his teams semifinal loss to Cuba. A final
lesson of this tournament has been that Team USA can not expect to
win on the world stage simply by throwing together a team of super
celebrities at the eleventh hour. The American big leaguers need to
learn about playing with the same intensified patriotic passion found
in the camps of the Dominicans, Japanese, Koreans and Cubans.
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* Peter C. Bjarkman is author of the prize-winning DIAMONDS AROUND
THE GLOBE: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INTERNATIONAL BASEBALL and has
published extensively on Cuban League baseball for more than a
decade.

mh/pb

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