Notes From Left Field


Well, beat the drum and hold the phone – the sun came out today! We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field. It’s the first day of spring-when a young man’s fancy turns to…beisbol.

I’m no young man, but my thoughts did turn to beisbol and Cuba today. Yes, beisbol; Cuba’s passion and yes, the beisbol that was invented by the Taino Indians  Native Americans in Cuba. Don’t believe me? Too bad, prove me wrong. It can’t be proven that some American named Doubleday invented it or that some other Yanqui named Cartwright did either. So i’m giving the original inhabitants of Cuba credit.  This is the internet where anybody can say whatever they like without any proof whatsoever. So there.

And, if you don’t believe that you can claim anything as fact on the internet and at reputable media sites for that matter, head on over to the Huffington Post and read this little gem of willful fabrications on the recent trip that Rey Ordóñez, former Mets Shortstop,  took to his homeland, Cuba, the first since his “defection” in 1993.

The point of the fact-challenged post is that the six pictures of Ordóñez in Cuba totally rebut the pro emabargo position “that it helps prop up a communist dictator.”

The Beisbol tall tale begins with the title: Cuba Travel: Baseball Star Rey Ordonez Allowed To Return Home Thanks To Obama Travel Policies. Really? It continues:

 Throughout the following decades, Ordóñez traveled across America playing for the New York Mets, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Chicago Cubs, but never made it back to Cuba because U.S. laws banned his return. This week, Ordóñez took advantage of the Cuba travel policy enacted in January and finally returned to Havana, where he was given a hero’s welcome.

That statement is as absurd as it is wrong. Cuban- Americans have been allowed to visit their relatives in Cuba under Clinton, Bush and Obama. If Ordóñez, pictured above becoming a US Citizen, hadn’t returned to Cuba until now, it’s because either he didn’t want to or because his former owners would not let the slave return to his former plantation.

And yes, Ordóñez like all Cubans was a slave, he had to “defect,” scape his masters by jumping over a fence in Buffalo. He was not free to come play Beisbol in the States, like Beckham was when he came over to play Soccer in LA or when Denis Rodman came to Earth to play basketball from whatever planet he’s from. But the HP doesn’t concern itself with this gross violation of his human rights. They, of course, act as if an athlete having to “defect” to get as much as he can for his God-given talents is totally normal. You see Ordóñez homesickness was caused by hardline evil hearted conservative exiles like Marco Rubio and had to be remedied by Obama’s  all knowing and emcopassing compassion:

Ordóñez owes his trip to an Obama Administration policy, much criticized by Marco Rubio, allowing so-called people-to-people trips to Cuba. Though the process of going to Cuba is still extremely complicated, it is now possible for savvy travelers and homesick ballplayers.

What a crock of crap!

As a matter of fact, it was the [c]astro regime that decided in all its magnanimity to allow the former defectors who were once branded traitors and “vende patrias” (country sellers) to return. And return they did, back to the plantation, jumping through all the hoops their former masters laid out, smiling, taking pictures, giving interviews and paying through the nose. That’s their business. But it wasn’t Obama’s doing.

There was a change in the in travel policy in January of this year as the HP post claims, but it was made by [r]aúl [c]astro, not Obama. Maybe HP got [c]astro and Obama confused. I guess that’s ok since I do the same thing sometimes.