Welcome Home, Embarrassments to the Revolution

You’re a member of the Cuban entrant into the World Baseball Classic. You are, therefore, complicit in Cuba’s poor showing in said World Baseball Classic. So this is what awaits you once you return to the island …

In a scene reminiscent of the propagation of “Mao Zedong-thought” in 1960s China, the Cuban players returning from the World Baseball Classic were given a copy of Fidel Castro’s article “We Are To Blame” and told to study it as a guide to perfecting themselves.

One choice excerpt:

“The [Cuban team’s] coaching in San Diego was the worst. The old criteria of hackneyed tactics prevailed, against a capable adversary who is constantly innovating.”

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