1. Baseball is the only thing people are talking about here in Puerto Rico. In the future, if not already, Latin Americans will look forward to the WBC more than the WS. The players also seem to be into it more than many originally thought.
2. Its disgusting to see how the Cuban players are prisioners in The Hotel San Juan. They let them come out of their rooms only to eat. They walk back to their hotel rooms in a single file line followed by security officials. They are not allowed in the lobby of the hotel. On the other hand, every major star from the other teams can be seeing in the lobby hanging out.
3. Every time they show a picture of Mike Lowell and Jose Vidro on the big screen in the stadium, they are booed by the local fans for not having participated. Next time players will be fighting for spots on their country's roster.
4. Cuba has looked overmatched at times, but they are hanging in there. Their players look so much physically smaller than the Dominicans and Venezuelans. Cubans are scrappers though and they play with incredible passion and with great fundamentals. If Michel Enrique hadnt made those errors against the DR, the DR may have been eliminated. ....The pitchers from Venezuela and DR seemed like all throw in the high 90's. Cabrera last night threw a couple of pitches at 99 MPH
5. Puerto Ricans are great hosts, I've enjoyed the 11 games I've attended more than than the 4 WS I have been to.
6. It was reported that Pudge Rodriguez asked Gurriel if he had a microphone on. When he answered no, Pudge asked why he doesnt defect. To which he reponded, "Quiero pero no puedo". I dont know if this conversation really happened.
7. Many exiled Cubans that are here wish we could cheer for Cuba, however, we can't stand the thought that if Cuba wins, Fidel will give all the credit for his win to the revolution and the Communist players will dedicate the victory to the comandante. On the other hand, I'm glad the Cuban team has proven that Cubans can hang with the best Major leaguers in the world by beating Venezuela.
Just a few thoughts from Puerto Rico