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For more than forty years Cubans on the island liked to believe that the national baseball team was among the best in the world. To feed this belief were the amateur world tournaments where almost inevitably the Cubans defeated American teams composed exclusively of university students. So accustomed they were to the victory that a suffocón was enough or until a defeat against some of those equipment to speak of crisis. It panicked every time the team suffered to reach the first place of any competition when the truth was that the best players of the second country with the greatest baseball tradition were content to meet a level far below their level. Something like if an adult basketball player was enough to confront him with teams of child category to be able to believe Lebron James. (That's true even for the post-1959 baseball generation of Victor Mesa, Casanova, Gourriel, Pacheco, or Kindelan who, after fought victories over American college teams, were awarded hero titles as a title holder nobility to win on a parchment board).

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The poor performances of the Cuban team in the following editions of the Classic as well as their re-entry in the Caribbean Series have ended up giving us a more realistic image of national baseball. Especially the Cuban participation in the Caribbean Series, a tournament that before 1959 dominated almost completely and now wins or, mostly, loses. It is in that competition, (in which the rest of the teams can not count on the best players in the country because of their contracts with the Major League teams), where you can get a more or less clear idea of ​​how much has fallen national sport in the last half century. From going from being -extra-officially- the second world power of that sport to being one more team in the Caribbean, that area where before only it was seen like absolute king.

  • Adam Floyd