June 01, 2004

The Price of Defection: The family Josť Contreras left behind.

posted by Jugwine to baseball at 12:27 PM - 3 comments

Another sweet post, Jugwine. Don't let the silence discourage you. You make baseball interesting to a heathen non-fan like myself. Thanks again.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:33 PM on June 01

thanks for the links. i read the first article yesterday via the commerce comet but hadn't seen the second one yet.

posted by goddam at 09:09 PM on June 01

I always thought that the hardest thing for Cuban baseball players was that they couldn't go home. Sure, the money and lifestyle are better in the States, but knowing that whomever you left behind is subject to the whims of Castro's regime is not something I could put a price on. For anyone interested in this, I reccomend The Duke of Havana by Steve Fainaru and Ray Sanchez. It covers all of the weird dealings involved with Cuban baseball while still telling a good story.

posted by Jugwine at 10:12 PM on June 01

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