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  • #31
    One more revolution

    No change really needs to be made in order for the CNT to participate in compliance with the Treasury dept.s' narrow interpretation of the cold war law. All that needs to be done is to stipulate the proceeds realized by Cuba will be used for strictly "humanitarian" needs. This is what was done in '99 when the Orioles played the home and home two game series against Havana's finest.

    You don't need to be a Fidelista to support inclusiveness, see?

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/dolphin...TODA_1218.html

    BTW, the poll was running 74% to 26% of that south Florida paper's readers in favor of allowing Cuba to participate.
    Last edited by trosmok; 12-19-2005, 09:20 AM.
    Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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    • #32
      Second time around

      Cuba has offered it's share of the WBC games proceeds to the victims of Hurrican Katrina in their newest application to Treasury for a permit.

      http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns

      Puerto Rico has made it clear it will withdraw it's offer to host the first two rounds if the Cuban permit is again denied. Looks more and more like solidarity among the teams, the athletes, the sponsors, and the fans will win out over cold war nonsense.
      Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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      • #33
        [QUOTE=trosmok]Cuba has offered it's share of the WBC games proceeds to the victims of Hurrican Katrina in their newest application to Treasury for a permit.


        that's brilliant.

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        • #34
          Nobody's fool

          Man about sports' take on the whole WBC mess:

          http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseb...-classic_x.htm

          I am now wondering if this exhibition is worth all the petty sniping.
          Last edited by trosmok; 12-27-2005, 09:10 AM.
          Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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          • #35
            Venezuelan proposal still unanswered

            Hugo "Loco" Chavez hasn't heard back yet from MLB, and I'm not sure they take his offer even half seriously. Unless I am mistaken, once spring training starts, many of the stars who have previously "committed" to playing in the WBC will be dropping out like 16yr.old ninth graders. Minor injuries here, family issues there, strange flu-like symptoms, etc.; I just see a whole lot of wind going out of the sails of Slug Selig's latest folly. I think a team of Cuban defectors would be a gas to include, but not at the expense of the CNT, which have not yet heard back from Treasury Dept. officials regarding their recent resubmission. Oh well, there's still Beijing in '08 to look forward to... TSN's Stan McNeal must be thinking similarly:

            http://news.yahoo.com/s/sn/20060103/...ntliveuptohype
            Last edited by trosmok; 01-05-2006, 09:25 AM.
            Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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            • #36
              Hey Bud! Dubya! et.al., your bungling ways are folly.

              The International Baseball Federation is about to nix the whole WBC if certain "leaders" don't come to grips with reality and let the best team play. If the Cuban National team is not allowed to compete, future international competitions are in serious jeopardy.

              http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...wbc/index.html
              Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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              • #37
                May the best team win!

                WuzIriteorwhut? Cuba, the best team in the WBC, is now cleared to participate in the exhibition. Best of luck to all, and Go Cuba!:gt

                Hope this link works; Ronald Blum of AP Sports and four others contributed to the story:

                http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news;_yl...ov=ap&type=lgn
                Last edited by trosmok; 01-23-2006, 07:46 AM.
                Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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