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Sunday, August 03, 2008
Fidel Castro hates Edmonton!
This gave me a chuckle. Apparently, two Cuban baseball players have disappeared in Edmonton following a junior tournament held there on Sunday. It's believed the players intend to defect and seek lucrative contracts in the Major League.
Of course, Fidel Castro found this turn of events rather upsetting (but did he find it surprising?):
Mr. Castro, in a column on Cuba's daily Internet newspaper Granma, said the actions of pitcher Noel Argueilles and shortstop Jose Antonio Iglesias should be classified as a “despicable betrayal.”
“Edmonton has become a dumping ground,” an English translation of Mr. Castro's comments reads. “The Cuban athletes were badly taken care of. That city has the privilege of hosting that championship every year. We should analyze whether it is worth attending that tournament.”
Castro is claiming defections are going to cost his country five gold medals in the upcoming Olympics and he deplores the disgusting "commercial arrangements surrounding the case."
I also liked the response of Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel, who's offered to fly Castro to his city for free. “I'm not sure Castro can really have a handle on Edmonton since he's never been here,” he's said.
Maybe Stephen Harper should fly Castro to Canada for free -- right into a jail cell. I can dream, can't I?
Heh. The CBC is reporting that a third Cuban athlete has disappeared following the tournament. Another defector? Is this going to cost Cuba another gold medal?
Hope Fidel doesn't get too angry over this kind of thing; too much rage is bad for your health, I hear.
Posted by Terrence Watson on August 3, 2008 | Permalink
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Oh my now here I was told all Cubans love the society they live under in Cuba and they love socialism.
Hmm not so it seems. These guys just wanted off that hell island and to make a real living.
Fidel must be twisting in his Aididas track suit he has been seen in.
Posted by: Merle | 2008-08-03 7:50:34 PM
Between 15-20 percent of Cuba's population is in exile since Castro seized power, and he's angry at Edmonton? Boy it's going to be fun when freedom and democracy returns to Cuba after Castro dies.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-03 8:12:30 PM
Apparently, one more defected today.
And, how many jumped the border INTO Cuba the past 30 years?
Posted by: Set you free | 2008-08-03 8:18:53 PM
SYF: One, Elian Gonzalez.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-03 8:23:12 PM
Why being so hard on Castro on this one ?
It's about the first time, and probably the last time, a National leader realises Alberta exist...
You should take it as a compliment.
Posted by: Marc | 2008-08-03 8:44:11 PM
As if Castro had heard of Edmonton beforehand.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-08-03 8:50:39 PM
What you don't think old Fidel is an Oilers fan? He knows Edmonton because a couple more of his baseball players defected in 2000, I believe. Poor murdering old S.O.B., this must really bug him. Ha!
Posted by: Markalta | 2008-08-03 10:16:28 PM
As far as anyone knows, Castro is dead and has been for some time.
Posted by: tsw_026 | 2008-08-03 10:25:47 PM
Castro would love Edmonton if Alberta sent its $Billions in 'equity' payments to Cuba instead of to eastern Canada.
Posted by: dewp | 2008-08-04 8:10:56 AM
It's obvious that Castro is oblivious to the fact that the West Edmonton Mall carries the latest in octogenarian track suits or else he would have accompanied the team and defected with them.
Posted by: Bocanut | 2008-08-04 1:16:46 PM
"Castro would love Edmonton if Alberta sent its $Billions in 'equity' payments to Cuba instead of to eastern Canada."
I didn't want to believe the stereotypes of Western Canadians but I guess Dewp truly proves that you're all nothing but a bunch of dumb, ignorant rednecks who actually believe that you're all responsible for Canada's economic success!!!
You stupid fools!!!!
And dewp, I don't what part of the East you're talking about but the last time I checked Newfoundland & Labrador no longer takes handouts and has contributed much more to Canada (both economically and culturally) then Canada has ever given them and that includes equalization payments.
Posted by: Mark | 2008-08-06 10:22:17 AM
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