Perhaps even more so than in America, baseball is the national past time in Cuba. So, you'd figure when an entire MLB game aired on Cuban TV for the first time in more than 50 years, some of the population might have been excited.
Eh, apparently not. Most of the Cubans the AP talked to weren't too impressed, and noted that the game featured no Cuban players. We're guessing that probably wasn't by accident.
The game aired in full Sunday night on "Baseball International," but was actually played months ago on May 2 between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves. It's unclear if Cuban government actually got permission from the MLB, but the AP points out, " Cuban commentators provided color and play-by-play over the original English, which could be heard faintly in the background." So, it doesn't exactly seem like the most legit thing.
While tourists in hotels can access international cable channels like ESPN, most residents can only turn into the Cuban government controlled open air-waves. In the past four months the new "Baseball International" program has been airing professional games from leagues across the world, but Sunday's programming was the first to feature an American game.
It was, however, missing any Cuban players. Considering the government tends to blacklist any defectors in the media, that's not really a surprise. Though, locals noticed.
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"I watched this game for about 45 minutes and didn't think much of it," baseball fan Margarita Roman told the AP. "Besides, there weren't any Cubans. That's what interests us." (*cough* *cough* Are you listening Marlins front office? That sentiment isn't foreign in your home turf of Little Havana either.)
"I would really like to see the Cubans, see how they are developing in that league, really see how well they are doing," echoed Diego Sierra.