The US Treasury Dept. is going to allow the Cubans to play here during the inaugural World Baseball Classic. This news is like hearing Nixon is going to China! The US has been maintaining a cold war against Fidel’s Cuba for almost 50 years. Is the anti-Fidel sentiment beginning to thaw? Or is Washington just planning ahead for the day when the old man dies? Cubans do love their beisbol.
Either way, it’s good news for the game. Sixteen nations will field teams to compete against each other in the first international contest involving professional teams. Some of the games will be played in the States, which prohibits commercial transactions with Fidel’s government. So, there was some question that Cuba would be barred from the US, effectively killing the whole event.
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