March 23, 2016

ESPN attempts to shame Cuba; backfires badly.:

posted by grum@work to baseball at 02:08 PM - 4 comments

That's fantastic. I think it was Roger Clemens that thought his cabbie had dropped him off at a warehouse instead of Fenway Park on his first day with the Sox. Granted, Kenmore has improved a bit since then, but there are still areas around the park that similar to that shot in Cuba.

posted by Rock Steady at 02:48 PM on March 23, 2016

Was this really an attempt to embarrass Cuba or an attempt to show how Cuba is trying to maintain a love of sports despite its impoverishment? Such impoverishment might be blamed on US trade embargoes by those of a certain political persuasion. Much depends upon your interpretation.

posted by Howard_T at 03:10 PM on March 23, 2016

I totally love this. Please look carefully at the Cuban photo.

There is a difference between humble and squalid. That may be humble but there is no squalor to be found. I can't see one piece of debris. If we went there, we would find it swept clean, tidy, and kept as orderly as possible under the circumstances. That's how it is.

Hopefully when the US descends upon the island with all the waste-happy franchised trappings of our popular consumer culture, the Cuban people will be able to carry on the pride of place they have maintained all these years while powering toasters with bare wires and catching falling plaster chip by chip.

I hope the rational urban planners get to Cienfuegos before Steve Wynn does. Or Donald Anchor Hubby for that matter.

posted by beaverboard at 08:31 PM on March 23, 2016

Man, it's like a Third World Country out there.

ESPN are wankers.

posted by owlhouse at 11:19 PM on March 23, 2016

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