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lunes, marzo 23, 2015

Details emerge, but Abreu mum on 'emotional' story of defection from Cuba

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Details of Jose Abreu’s defection from Cuba have been hard to come by, in large part because of Abreu’s wish for privacy on what he considers to be a sensitive subject, but the White Sox slugger was somewhat more revealing during an interview with Chicago Magazine.
“It was dangerous,” Abreu said of the journey that took place in the middle of a night in August 2013. “The waves were high but the Lord was at our side. God gave us the chance to reach our destination.”
The scene described in the article published today is of Abreu, his fiancee, parents, sister and brother-in-law huddled close together on a boat headed from Cuba to Haiti.
“Jose was scared for his life in that little boat,” minor league catcher Adrian Nieto, a teammate of Abreu’s in his first season in 2014, said. “Everybody was freaking out.”
But Abreu was described as the tower of strength in the middle of it all.
“He told me many times: ‘If it’s everybody’s life or mine, I’m going to make sure my parents and my sister live before I do,’ ” Nieto said.
Asked about the magazine article Monday morning at the White Sox spring training complex, Abreu again declined to elaborate.
“I agreed to the interview,” Abreu said through a translator. “I don’t know what they have written. But I don’t feel very comfortable talking about my journey from Cuba to the United States.”


Abreu would only say that it was an emotional time and it remains an emotional subject.
“Yeah I don’t want to discuss,” he said. “It’s very sensitive and I don’t want to remember that.”
Having most his family with him now in the U.S. has made the transition to the United States easier. Abreu seems at ease and happy in the clubhouse.
“It’s completely different because my family is here,” Abreu said Monday. “For me, my family is everything. To be able to get them here is awesome for me. It makes everything easier for me around the team and around my life because I have their support.”

martes, noviembre 11, 2014

A menos de un ano de escapar de Cuba los padres de "Pito" Abreu arriban a Miami

en menos de un ano luego de la fuga de la isla, los padres de jose dariel abreu viajan a estados unidos para vivir con el. lejos estan los tiempos en que los hijos perdian a sus padres sin que el regimen les permitiera visitarlos celia cruz entre los decenas de miles, y mas recientemente la madre de alan gross fallecio sin que este recibiera el permiso para visitar a la moribunda senora, algo que eeuu le concedio al espia rene gonzalez con el caso de su hermano. la nota de prensa no aclara la via por la cual el matrimonio pudo viajar a miami o habran viajado tranquilamente en un charter habana-miami autorizados por el regimen cubano.
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lunes, noviembre 10, 2014

Details about Jose Abreu's defection from Cuba emerge

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer
Every few weeks or so, we hear news that another player has defected from Cuba in hopes of making it big in MLB. It happens so often nowadays that these reports are easy to overlook. For every Yasiel Puig or Yoenis Cespedes, there are several players who flame out in the minors.
Most defection stories involve sneaking out of Cuba at night, often on a small boat or raft. Some, like Puig and Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, had to make numerous attempts to leave the island before being successful. In Puig's case, he left the country with the help of smugglers who eventually demanded a ransom.
The details of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu's escape from Cuba have remained a mystery until now. Through a series of interviews, Jared Hopkins of the Chicago Tribune was able to piece together Abreu's defection story. It appears he made it out with his brother-in-law on his first attempt, leaving his wife, son and family behind.
Here are some snippets from Hopkins' story:
"I've heard Abreu's story, and I thought mine was crazy," said teammate and fellow Cuban native Adrian Nieto, who came to the U.S. on a raft with his family when he was 4.
"Him being on a little boat with just two motors and these two huge ships got in between them. He said the waves were 15 feet high and he thought they were going to drown. It's crazy."
...
Abreu told the Tribune he decided during last year's World Baseball Classic to defect.
"I realized I could go elsewhere with baseball," he said in Spanish. "Everyone knows we're here playing in the world's best baseball league. The differences [with Cuban baseball] include the level of professionalism among players here."
...
When Abreu reached the Dominican Republic, he lived in Santo Domingo, the nation's capital, and Santiago, about two hours north, said Amauri Morel, who works at Praver Shapiro Sports Management. Morel, based in the Dominican, said he provided "client services" to Abreu -- helping with housing, for example -- and brought the slugger to train at various parks and stadiums.
The White Sox signed Abreu to a six-year, $68 million contract last offseason, which was a record for an international player at the time. He bought a modest house in Miami after signing the deal, where his parents and sister now live. It's unclear if Abreu's wife and son are still in Cuba.
Abreu did not share any details of his defection with the White Sox before signing his contract. Team president Kenny Williams told Hopkins that signing Abreu was "just like any other acquisition ... You try to get as much information as to the makeup of the player, mentally, emotionally. His makeup on the field -- Is he a leader? Is he a respectful-type person? Is he a flashy-type person? How does he fit into the team?"
Hopkins' article is quite long but well worth the read. It covers some more details about Abreu's life in Cuba as well as his transition to the United States. He is hesitant to discuss his defection but did say he was thankful for his newfound freedom. "In Cuba, people don't attain that. I'm thankful for my life, but it's something I've never experienced, and I'm thankful for everything."

viernes, noviembre 07, 2014

How did Jose Abreu get from Cuba to Chicago? Details remain a mystery


Jose Abreu's harrowing journey to the White Sox began last year on a small boat on the shores of Cuba.
"I've heard Abreu's story, and I thought mine was crazy," said his teammate and fellow Cuban native Adrian Nieto, who came to the U.S. on a raft with his family when he was 4. "Him being on a little boat with just two motors and these two huge ships got in between them. He said the waves were 15 feet high and he thought they were going to drown. It's crazy."
Abreu, the front-runner to win the American League Rookie of the Year award Monday, became the 17th Cuban player for the Sox, building on a legacy rooted in the legendary Minnie Minoso. Nine Cuban-born players, including the Cubs' Jorge Soler, made their major league debuts this season. Over the past 50 years, at least five dozen Cubans have reached the majors with scores more playing in the minors.
While Cuba remains a wellspring of baseball talent, its players don't leave the country freely. The U.S. government imposed a commercial trade embargo on Cuba more than five decades ago, and the Communist government there prohibits players from signing with major league teams.
But the lure of freedom and baseball dreams is strong, so young men are willing to take giant risks for themselves and, sometimes, for their families. Players sneak away from a team during a tournament in a foreign country — or, more treacherously, hire smugglers to ferry them off the island.
The recent wave of players can be linked to the rising financial payoff not just for players, but also for those who compose well-oiled smuggling rings: boat drivers, middlemen, government contacts and other colorful characters. At the same time, teams scout Cuban players better than ever, thanks in part to easy access on the Internet and added international competition such as the World Baseball Classic.
"At a minimum, 95 percent of the players leaving Cuba are being smuggled out," said Joe Kehoskie, a baseball consultant and former agent who represented Cuban players. "There is always a profit motive. I can't remember the last time a decent player was smuggled out of Cuba and there wasn't a smuggler there who expected payment."
In the case of Abreu, he disappeared from the tiny Caribbean island in August 2013.
About two months later, Abreu's imposing 6-foot-3, 255-pound frame emerged for a two-day showcase at the Yankees' academy in the Dominican Republic, wowing 200 baseball executives and scouts. By the end of October, he had signed the largest contract in White Sox history, a six-year deal worth $68 million.
The full details of Abreu's journey from Cuba to the United States remain a secret. Abreu and his agents declined to discuss his defection. His family provided few details.
A Tribune review of public records and interviews with more than three dozen people show that Cuban players often are smuggled out of their country through a clandestine network of shadowy figures. While Major League Baseball's $9 billion enterprise continues to see an influx of Cuban players, federal authorities have been investigating at least two Cuban smuggling rings. Five people have been indicted.
Often leaving the island in the dead of night, players promise the smugglers upward of 30 percent of their first contract for securely carrying them between countries. Through it all, players are aided and protected by handlers in Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic loosely affiliated with American sports agents before arriving in the United States.
The most infamous defection reads like a Hollywood script. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and the group he escaped with were held in a motel in Mexico as smugglers negotiated a ransom. Gangsters threatened one of Puig's friends, and a smuggler turned up dead in Cancun.
The affair is spelled out in a $12 million federal court case a Cuban man filed against the 23-year-old Puig, saying he was falsely imprisoned in Cuba while the ballplayer plotted with Cuban authorities to leave.
"It seems to be a new ballgame out there," said Miami attorney Ben Daniel, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw human trafficking cases, including that of sports agent Gus Dominguez, who went to prison in 2007 for the offense. "It's much more cutthroat."
A baseball prodigy
Abreu, 27, was born in Mal Tiempo, a small neighborhood in Cruces, a city about 150 miles southeast of Havana. He was playing third base in Cuba's national school games by the time he was 7 and continued to excel.
In Cuba, players compete for their province. When Abreu was 16, he made his debut with Cienfuegos in Cuba's top league, the Cuba National Series. He played 10 seasons, setting records in the last four, and in 2012 was one RBI shy of winning the Triple Crown.
Unlike some Cuban players, Abreu was familiar to MLB scouts from his exposure on national teams. He compiled about 300 plate appearances outside his home country.
Abreu told the Tribune he decided during last year's World Baseball Classic to defect.

martes, octubre 21, 2014

El día en que los cubanos no se enteraron de la hazaña de Pito Abreu

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Hoy es un día vergonzoso para la prensa en Cuba. Todos los medios de la isla, sin excepción, han callado uno de los momentos cumbres del deporte  cubano: el cienfueguero José Dariel -Pito- Abreu, primera base de los Medias Blancas de Chicago, ha sido seleccionado Novato del Año de la Liga Americana.
La pelota es uno de los más importantes signos de identidad de los cubanos. Este deporte les sirvió, a finales del siglo XIX, para definirse a sí mismos y defender su derecho a la independencia. Durante toda la primera mitad del siglo XX, los cubanos que militaron en equipos de Grandes Ligas contribuyeron de una manera decisiva a construir la leyenda del béisbol latino.
Pocos meses después del triunfo revolucionario, Fidel Castro decidió suprimir el deporte profesional en Cuba. Esa medida empujó al destierro a decenas de atletas que hoy son parte esencial de la historia del béisbol cubano. Las consecuencias de esa autoritaria medida han llegado hasta nuestros días.
Los peloteros cubanos que desean probar suerte en el mejor béisbol del mundo, antes deben escapar de su país. Eso tuvo que hacer el primera base de Cienfuegos. Apenas un año después, se convirtió en el primer novato de la historia de Grandes Ligas en finalizar la temporada entre los primeros cinco lugares de su liga en jonrones (36), carreras impulsadas (107) y promedio de bateo (317).
Sus cuadrangulares, además, impusieron un récord en los Medias Blancas de Chicago para un novato, rompiendo la marca de 35 que impuso Ron Kittle en 1983. Pito Abreu tiene ahora la sexta mejor marca de jonrones de un novato en la historia de Grandes Ligas.
Justo hoy, en la sección de deportes del periódico Granma, aparece un reportaje sobre cinco basquetbolistas cubanos que hace dos años desertaron. Obviamente, es la historia de un fracaso. Ese es el modus operandi de un régimen mezquino, que se niega a reconocer cualquier logro de los emigrados cubanos en cualquier ámbito.
Ni siquiera Radio Ciudad del Mar, la emisora de Cienfuegos, mencionará el acontecimiento. Pero el futuro se encargará de enmendar esa penosa omisión. Ninguna de las noticias que aparecieron hoy en los periódicos cubanos será más importante que la hazaña de Pito Abreu.
Cuando ya nadie recuerde a ninguno de los que merecieron los titulares del 21 de octubre en Cuba, José Dariel Abreu seguirá siendo un héroe de todos los cubanos. Los signos de identidad no se archivan en una hemeroteca ni se deciden en un cuartel, eso es algo que permanece guardado en el orgullo de la gente.

miércoles, junio 25, 2014

White Sox rookie slugger Jose Dariel Abreu not interested in participating in Home Run Derby

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White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu entered play Tuesday with 22 home runs — third in MLB behind only Edwin Encarnacion (24) of the Blue Jays and Nelson Cruz (23) of the Orioles. But the sensational rookie slugger doesn’t have any desire to strut his stuff in the 2014 Home Run Derby at Target Field.
“Home Run Derby is not something I’m too crazy about,” Abreu told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday through a translator. “It’s a good thing but I am not really interested or looking forward to. I really wouldn’t want to do it. I did it in Cuba several times and I wasn’t much into it.”
“The first thing it does is affect you mentally,” he continued. “You go out and try to hit home runs. I’m not a guy who tries to hit homers. I let them come when they come .. sometimes it messes with your mechanics.”
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was named the American League captain for the Home Run Derby and is in charge of finding four players to join him. Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is the NL captain.
Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million contract with Chicago last October after defecting from Cuba.

sábado, mayo 10, 2014

Espectacular foto de Jose Dariel Abreu

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu shows his glove to first-base umpire Marvin Hudson, after catching a fly ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs' Darwin Barney in the seats, during the second inning of an interleague baseball game on May 7, in Chicago.

martes, febrero 25, 2014

Jose Dariel Abreu's work ethic stands out

Jose Abreu
AP Photo/Paul Sancya
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The news of Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox sparked the inevitable comparisons from baseball writers and scouts looking for insights on the type of player he is and ultimately can be in the major leagues.

Latin American talent evaluators observed that Abreu has more raw power and significantly less athleticism and speed than fellow Cubans Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig. Some scouts and journalists brought up Ryan Howard, Mike Piazza, Kendrys Morales or White Sox outfielder (and fellow Cuban) Dayan Viciedo as players with similar attributes, while Cespedes created a stir when he mentioned Abreu in the same breath with Miguel Cabrera.
No one really knows where Abreu will fall in that talent spectrum. But if you judge a man by his handiwork before the game begins, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton might be the most telling comparable.

Abreu, 27, possesses what one scout calls "monster power," so it stands to reason that his batting practice sessions should be replete with tales of smashed car windows and disrupted cloud formations. It would be understandable if he wanted to make a big first impression with his new coaches and teammates and fell victim to the temptation to grip it, rip it and send baseballs to regions where they're tiny specks.

Yet a different picture is emerging early in White Sox camp. When his fellow White Sox watch Abreu in action, they see a diligent, focused, incredibly disciplined hitter. He's similar in that respect to Stanton, who concentrates more on hitting the ball to the opposite field than unleashing his inner Jose Canseco in batting practice and feeding the "wow" factor.

"For me, it's just a professional batting practice," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's not trying to overwhelm you with hitting homers on every pitch. He moves it around. He's always hitting it on the barrel. He's just very consistent about what he does and understanding what it takes. He's not out there to showcase anything. He's just preparing to be as good as he can be."

Mixed opinions

Although countrymen Puig and Cespedes helped pave the way for Abreu's big payday with their splashy debuts, Abreu brought some big-time credentials from Cuba. He flirted with two Triple Crowns while posting cartoonish numbers in Cuba's Serie Nacional, and hit .360 with three homers and nine RBIs in six games during the World Baseball Classic last March. When Abreu scheduled a workout for teams in the Dominican Republic in September, it was considered must-see viewing in MLB front offices.

Nevertheless, some scouts who watched Abreu in international tournaments slotted him in as more of a .260, 25-30 homer type than a world-beating slugger. The skeptical take: He's a "slider speed bat" guy who will wear out back-of-the-rotation starters, but will have trouble against the Max Scherzers and Justin Verlanders of the world.

Those assessments elicit a chuckle from Ventura, for obvious reasons. Who doesn't have trouble with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander?

"You hear stuff like, 'You can jam him,'" Ventura said. "Well, I hope so. Usually the really good hitters get jammed, because they're staying through the ball and not flying open."

If Abreu struggles with the adjustment to the big leagues, it won't be for lack of preparation. The consensus in camp is that he has spent more time in the cage than any hitter on the Chicago roster this spring. Abreu arrives early in the morning, and lingers after everyone is gone to either reinforce good habits or iron out the kinks when his swing doesn't feel right. Amid the sweat and the calluses, he finds comfort in his routine.
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jueves, febrero 20, 2014

Is Big-Money Cuban Signing Jose Abreu Capable of Instant MLB Stardom?

Is Big-Money Cuban Signing Jose Abreu Capable of Instant MLB Stardom?
Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press
The Chicago White Sox made Jose Abreu the richest Cuban player in Major League Baseball history this offseason, inking the slugging first baseman to a six-year, $68 million contract through 2019.
Yet, as is the case with any big-name international signee, the 27-year-old will now be expected to produce out of the gate this season, presumably hitting in the middle of order for the White Sox. 
Cuban players have made an immediate impact in the major leagues in recent years, with Yoenis Cespedes’ eye-opening rookie campaign in 2012 or Yasiel Puig’s historically good 2013 season serving as prime examples. Though they both struggled at times in their stateside debuts, each player’s respective ability to make adjustments allowed him to overcome said struggles and turn in an impressive rookie campaign. 
Although Abreu is a much different type of player, the big-money Cuban import has the makings of a future star in the major leagues. 
  
Background
Abreu put up monster offensive numbers annually during roughly a decade playing in Cuba's Serie Nacional
In 2009-10, Abreu finished third in the league’s MVP voting—behind well-known mashers Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel—after batting .388/.542/.786 with 30 home runs and a 55/74 K/BB ratio in 94 games. In addition to drawing 32 intentional walks, he also led the league in on-base percentage and slugging while finishing second in batting average and home runs.
During the following season, Abreu put himself on the map with one of top offensive performances in Serie history. Appearing in 77 games, he batted .448/.592/.952 with 16 doubles, 37 home runs and a 37/66 K/BB ratio, and was subsequently named league MVP. During the regular season, Abreu tied Yoenis Cespedes with 33 home runs despite missing 23 games with bursitis in his shoulder.
Abreu once again posted huge numbers during the 2011-12 season, batting .394/.543/.835 with 18 doubles, 37 home runs, 103 RBI and a 43/80 K/BB ratio in 92 games. Although he paced the circuit in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS, he finished behind Despaigne in the end-of-season MVP voting.
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Last year, Abreu furthered his success by batting .344/.479/.604 with 17 doubles, 19 home runs and 43/58 K/BB ration in 83 games. However, his season was cut short due to his participation in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, in which he batted .360/.385/.760 with three home runs in 25 at-bats.

Scouting Report
Listed at 6’3”, 255 pounds, Abreu is arguably the most prolific Cuban sluggers in the country’s rich baseball history. A right-handed hitter who showcases robust power to all fields, the 27-year-old employs a unique double toe-tap load to initiate an easy, but powerful, swing.
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While some scouts are divided about how his strength-driven bat speed will translate at the major league level, he does an excellent job of getting the barrel on the ball and uses his strength to drive it with authority from line-to-line.
In previous international competitions, such as the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam and the World Baseball Classic last March, Abreu demonstrated the ability to square velocity, though he seemed to prefer pitches that allowed him to extend his hands. Like most Cuban hitters, Abreu can punish mediocre breaking balls within the strike zone but also chases better offerings off the plate.
In spite of his perceived shortcomings at the dish, White Sox manager Robin Ventura believes that Abreu’s relentless work ethic in the cage will aid his success next season (via MLB.com):
It's professional. That's another one of those things we liked about him, numbers-wise and talent...He has more of a professional approach for being a big guy, hitting the ball the other way, more aware of his pitch. That's stuff you like to see, the way they work, they go about it. He knows how to practice.
...
You see that with guys even from other teams...You would try to peak over at Edgar Martinez in the cage to see what he was doing. When you play the Yankees, you get in the cage when Don Mattingly is in there to see what he's doing and why. Hopefully, he has that. His practice habits and the things that he does, he has the potential to do that.
Though Abreu will have plenty to prove next season, it's hard to not get excited about his future when mentioned him in the same sentence as as Martinez and Mattingly.

2014: What to expect
Compared to other recent Cuban players, there will be greater expectations tied to Abreu’s bat due to his projection as a middle-of-the-order first baseman. Plus, while Cespedes and Puig also provide value in the outfield and on the base paths, Abreu’s impact in the major leagues will depend solely on his ability to hit for power and drive in runs. Basically, he has a smaller margin for error as a bat-only player.
However, the White Sox are confident that the right-handed hitting slugger will make an immediate impact next season. And if the statistical projection models are correct, then Abreu should emerge as one of the more productive first baseman in the American League:

Jose Abreu's 2014 Statistical Projections (Steamer, ZIPS)

PA 2B HR RBI BB% K% BA BABIP wOBA
Steamer 398 17 25 63 11.0% 18.9% .272 .279 .384
ZIPS 538 23 26 65 10.6% 17.1% .273 .288 .371
FanGraphs.com
As you can see, both the Steamer and ZIPS projection models (via FanGraphs) believe that Abreu will be good for a .270-plus batting average (not driven by his batting average on balls in play), 25-plus home runs and solid strikeout and walk rates, especially for a first-year player.
So, how does Abreu’s potential production compare to some of the AL’s other top first baseman? Here’s a look at the ZIPS projections:

2014 ZIPS Projections: AL First Basemen

PA 2B HR RBI BB% K% BA BABIP wOBA
Jose Abreu 538 23 26 65 10.6% 17.1% .273 .288 .371
Chris Davis 612 27 41 107 9.0% 30.9% .267 .326 .370
Edwin Encarnacion 564 27 30 89 11.5% 13.5% .276 .271 .377
Mike Napoli 476 24 22 68 12.2% 30.5% .241 .314 .350
Prince Fielder 669 30 30 101 12.6% 16.3% .276 .293 .364
Eric Hosmer 653 31 20 77 8.2% 15.1% .296 .325 .352
FanGraphs.com
While there are plenty of question marks regarding Abreu’s performance next season, the ZIPS projections suggest that the 27-year-old’s production will rank in the top five among AL first baseman.
Granted this is purely speculative, but it's difficult to envision him not making an impact next season in the major leagues.

lunes, agosto 12, 2013

Yasiel Puig celebra fuga de su compatriota José Dariel Abreu

Yasiel Puig, el espectacular jardinero cubano de los Dodgers de Los Angeles, celebró el domingo doblemente. Por la barrida de su equipo frente a los Rays de Tampa Bay y por la fuga de su compatriota José Dariel Abreu.
Puig no pudo contener una exclamación cuando se abordó el tema de la estampida de Abreu durante una entrevista con ESPNDeportes en Los Angeles.

"¡Arriba Cienfuegos! Es el segundo cienfueguero que se va y yo estoy muy contento", exclamó Puig, entrevistado por el veterano periodista Rigo Cervantes. "Estoy muy contento de que él ya está aquí, ahora y espero que le salgan bien las cosas".
La fuga de "Pito" Abreu, de 26 años, comenzó a mencionarse en las redes sociales desde la tarde del pasado sábado. Ayer el periodista Jorge Ebro de El Nuevo Herald citó a dos agentes beisboleros no identificados que confirmaron su salida de isla. La noticia era también conocida y comentada dentro de Cuba.
Abreu, primera base titular del equipo Cuba y los conjuntos de Cienfuegos, es considerado por muchos como el mejor bateador de la pelota cubana hoy.
Según las informaciones difundidas, Pito Abreu salió con su familia a Haití y luego cruzó hacia la República Dominicana. Tras asistir al  XIV Torneo Interpuertos de Rótterdam, Holanda, el jugador fue excluido de la selección nacional para el tope amistoso con un equpo de Estados Unidos en ciudades norteamericanas bajo el argumento de que padecía una lesión.
Con los Elefantes cienfuegueros
Puig y Abreu compartieron durante años en los rósters del equipo Cienfuegos. Puig es natural de Palmira y Abreu de Mal Tiempo, en Cruces.
"Este es su momento que le dio Dios y espero que todo le salga bien en su carrera, ya que él se demoró un poco en venir al mejor beisbol del mundo, pero, finalmente, él ya está aquí", manifestó Puig. "Yo espero con el equipo que esté, le vaya muy bien y sé que le va a ir muy bien".
Puig considera que Abreu viene a Estados Unidos inspirado por las hazañas de otros peloteros cubanos que ahora se desempeñan en Grandes Ligas: "El se fue -declaró- porque le llamó la atención lo que estamos haciendo nosotros, todos los cubanos".

Interrogado sobre los reportes que indican que Abreu podría llegar a firmar un contrato más ventajoso que el de Puig, el cubano mejor pagado en Grandes Ligas con $42 millones, Puig no lo sintió como un reto.
"Es de mi misma provincia y es el segundo que se va. Yo fui el primero que me fuí y rompí el récord y si él rompe el récord mío, pues será algo bueno", comentó.

Puig ha sido clave en el repunte de los Dodgers, que encabezan la División Oeste de la Liga Nacional con récord de 67-50, y todo indica que estarán en la postemporada.
"Yo no la huelo, yo ya estoy en la postemporada", dijo el novato cubano.
 cfgos cuba
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Retratos de fusilados por el Castrismo - Juan Abreu

"Hablame"

"EN TIEMPOS DIFÍCILES" - Heberto Padilla

A aquel hombre le pidieron su tiempo

para que lo juntara al tiempo de la Historia.

Le pidieron las manos,

porque para una época difícil

nada hay mejor que un par de buenas manos.

Le pidieron los ojos

que alguna vez tuvieron lágrimas

para que contemplara el lado claro

(especialmente el lado claro de la vida)

porque para el horror basta un ojo de asombro.

Le pidieron sus labios

resecos y cuarteados para afirmar,

para erigir, con cada afirmación, un sueño

(el-alto-sueño);

le pidieron las piernas

duras y nudosas

(sus viejas piernas andariegas),

porque en tiempos difíciles

¿algo hay mejor que un par de piernas

para la construcción o la trinchera?

Le pidieron el bosque que lo nutrió de niño,

con su árbol obediente.

Le pidieron el pecho, el corazón, los hombros.

Le dijeron

que eso era estrictamente necesario.

Le explicaron después

que toda esta donación resultaria inútil.

sin entregar la lengua,

porque en tiempos difíciles

nada es tan útil para atajar el odio o la mentira.

Y finalmente le rogaron

que, por favor, echase a andar,

porque en tiempos difíciles

esta es, sin duda, la prueba decisiva.

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La columna de Cubanalisis

NEOCASTRISMO [Hacer click en la imagen]

NEOCASTRISMO [Hacer click en la imagen]
¨Saturno jugando con sus hijos¨/ Pedro Pablo Oliva

Seguidores

Carta desde la carcel de Fidel Castro Ruz

“…después de todo, para mí la cárcel es un buen descanso, que sólo tiene de malo el que es obligatorio. Leo mucho y estudio mucho. Parece increíble, las horas pasan como si fuesen minutos y yo, que soy de temperamento intranquilo, me paso el día leyendo, apenas sin moverme para nada. La correspondencia llega normalmente…”

“…Como soy cocinero, de vez en cuando me entretengo preparando algún pisto. Hace poco me mandó mi hermana desde Oriente un pequeño jamón y preparé un bisté con jalea de guayaba. También preparo spaghettis de vez en cuando, de distintas formas, inventadas todas por mí; o bien tortilla de queso. ¡Ah! ¡Qué bien me quedan! por supuesto, que el repertorio no se queda ahí. Cuelo también café que me queda muy sabroso”.
“…En cuanto a fumar, en estos días pasados he estado rico: una caja de tabacos H. Upman del doctor Miró Cardona, dos cajas muy buenas de mi hermano Ramón….”.
“Me voy a cenar: spaghettis con calamares, bombones italianos de postre, café acabadito de colar y después un H. Upman #4. ¿No me envidias?”.
“…Me cuidan, me cuidan un poquito entre todos. No le hacen caso a uno, siempre estoy peleando para que no me manden nada. Cuando cojo el sol por la mañana en shorts y siento el aire de mar, me parece que estoy en una playa… ¡Me van a hacer creer que estoy de vacaciones! ¿Qué diría Carlos Marx de semejantes revolucionarios?”.

Quotes

¨La patria es dicha de todos, y dolor de todos, y cielo para todos, y no feudo ni capellaní­a de nadie¨ - Marti

"No temas ni a la prision, ni a la pobreza, ni a la muerte. Teme al miedo"
-
Giacomo Leopardi

¨Por eso es muy importante, Vicky, hijo mío, que recuerdes siempre para qué sirve la cabeza: para atravesar paredes¨Halvar de Flake [El vikingo]

"Como no me he preocupado de nacer, no me preocupo de morir" - Lorca

"Al final, no os preguntarán qué habéis sabido, sino qué habéis hecho" - Jean de Gerson

"Si queremos que todo siga como está, es necesario que todo cambie" - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

"Todo hombre paga su grandeza con muchas pequeñeces, su victoria con muchas derrotas, su riqueza con múltiples quiebras" - Giovanni Papini


"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans" - John Lennon

"Habla bajo, lleva siempre un gran palo y llegarás lejos" - Proverbio Africano

"No hay medicina para el miedo" - Proverbio escoces

"El supremo arte de la guerra es doblegar al enemigo sin luchar"
- Sun Tzu

"You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother" - Albert Einstein

"It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office" - H. L. Menken

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented" - Elie Wiesel

"Stay hungry, stay foolish" -
Steve Jobs

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert , in five years ther'ed be a shortage of sand" - Milton Friedman

"The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less" - Vaclav Havel

"No se puede controlar el resultado, pero si lo que uno haga para alcanzarlo" -
Vitor Belfort [MMA Fighter]

Liborio

Liborio
A la puerta de la gloria está San Pedro sentado y ve llegar a su lado a un hombre de cierta historia. No consigue hacer memoria y le pregunta con celo: ¿Quién eras allá en el suelo? Era Liborio mi nombre. Has sufrido mucho, hombre, entra, te has ganado el cielo.

Para Raul Castro

Cuba ocupa el penultimo lugar en el mundo en libertad economica solo superada por Corea del Norte.

Cuba ocupa el lugar 147 entre 153 paises evaluados en "Democracia, Mercado y Transparencia 2007"

Cuando vinieron

Cuando vinieron a buscar a los comunistas, Callé: yo no soy comunista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los sindicalistas, Callé: yo no soy sindicalista.
Cuando vinieron a buscar a los judíos, Callé: yo no soy judío. Cuando vinieron a buscar a los católicos, Callé: yo no soy “tan católico”.
Cuando vinieron a buscarme a mí, Callé: no había quien me escuchara.

Reverendo Martin Niemöller

Martha Colmenares

Martha Colmenares
Un sitio donde los hechos y sus huellas nos conmueven o cautivan

CUBA LLORA Y EL MUNDO Y NOSOTROS NO ESCUCHAMOS

Donde esta el Mundo, donde los Democratas, donde los Liberales? El pueblo de Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan los Green, los Socialdemocratas, los Ricos y los Pobres, los Con Voz y Sin Voz? Cuba llora y nadie escucha.
Donde estan el Jet Set, los Reyes y Principes, Patricios y Plebeyos? Cuba desesperada clama por solidaridad.
Donde Bob Dylan, donde Martin Luther King, donde Hollywood y sus estrellas? Donde la Middle Class democrata y conservadora, o acaso tambien liberal a ratos? Y Gandhi? Y el Dios de Todos?
Donde los Santos y Virgenes; los Dioses de Cristianos, Protestantes, Musulmanes, Budistas, Testigos de Jehova y Adventistas del Septimo Dia. Donde estan Ochun y todas las deidades del Panteon Yoruba que no acuden a nuestro llanto? Donde Juan Pablo II que no exige mas que Cuba se abra al Mundo y que el Mundo se abra a Cuba?
Que hacen ahora mismo Alberto de Monaco y el Principe Felipe que no los escuchamos? Donde Madonna, donde Angelina Jolie y sus adoptados around de world; o nos hara falta un Brando erguido en un Oscar por Cuba? Donde Sean Penn?
Donde esta la Aristocracia Obrera y los Obreros menos Aristocraticos, donde los Working Class que no estan junto a un pueblo que lanquidece, sufre y llora por la ignominia?
Que hacen ahora mismo Zapatero y Rajoy que no los escuchamos, y Harper y Dion, e Hillary y Obama; donde McCain que no los escuchamos? Y los muertos? Y los que estan muriendo? Y los que van a morir? Y los que se lanzan desesperados al mar?
Donde estan el minero cantabrico o el pescador de percebes gijonese? Los Canarios donde estan? A los africanos no los oimos, y a los australianos con su acento de hombres duros tampoco. Y aquellos chinos milenarios de Canton que fundaron raices eternas en la Isla? Y que de la Queen Elizabeth y los Lords y Gentlemen? Que hace ahora mismo el combativo Principe Harry que no lo escuchamos?
Donde los Rockefellers? Donde los Duponts? Donde Kate Moss? Donde el Presidente de la ONU? Y Solana donde esta? Y los Generales y Doctores? Y los Lam y los Fabelo, y los Sivio y los Fito Paez?
Y que de Canseco y Miñoso? Y de los veteranos de Bahia de Cochinos y de los balseros y de los recien llegados? Y Carlos Otero y Susana Perez? Y el Bola, y Pancho Cespedes? Y YO y TU?
Y todos nosotros que estamos aqui y alla rumiando frustaciones y resquemores, envidias y sinsabores; autoelogios y nostalgias, en tanto Louis Michel comulga con Perez Roque mientras Biscet y una NACION lanquidecen?
Donde Maceo, donde Marti; donde aquel Villena con su carga para matar bribones?
Cuba llora y clama y el Mundo NO ESCUCHA!!!

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