Reflections by Comrade Fidel
EVERYTHING WAS SAID
Last night the grand
finale of the Classic took place between the two Asian giants.† The
Everything was forecast.† The Japanese gave their opponent a hard time, even though Matsuzaka was not having his best day. At the first pitch of the game there was a centre homerun.†† At that moment, those who were accustomed to seeing this sport in the traditional mode since the days of Babe Ruth dreamed of a flood of Yankee hits.
It got still worse when
Matsuzaka gave away a base with a walk and the black U.S. player Jimmy Rollins
hit a fly between second base and centre field that could be perfectly caught
and fell into the field by obstruction of no less than Hiroyuki Nakajima, the
exceptional Japanese short-stop.† The
same was happening to the Japanese team in that game that had happened to the
The Japanese manager was kind to his opening pitcher who was announced with great fanfare, not wanting to brush him with even the petal of a flower.† He talked to him, patted him on the back a few times and left him alone.
Immediately, the Japanese began their efforts to
get rid of that advantage and in a short while they already had 4 runs over the
That afternoon Matsuzaka was not the invincible pitcher.† Only a few more pitches and he was replaced by another from the excellent Japanese collection of pitchers, among those the manager would replace without the least hesitation whenever he would feel any kind of danger.† He had reserves to allow him to win this encounter and he had all the necessary ones for the Classic final the following day.†
Every time the
Ichiro Suzuki, the first Japanese at-bat, had failed four times that day, but when they really needed him as always, he drove a double and the advantage went up to 5, and so the game ended in the ninth inning.
On the next day, March 23rd at 6:30 in
the afternoon, in the full light of day in
This time, the first pitch resulted in a homerun through centre field, a carbon copy of the Yankee slugger the day before;† a terrible beginning for the other Asian baseball superpower.† In spite of that, as proof of the quality of both the teams, one of the toughest encounters of professional baseball players that could be imagined took place.† The Japanese manager made no mistake in his choice of pitcher.
In the fourth inning the score was still 1 to 0 for
In the 5th,
In the 7th,
In the 8th,
In the 9th,
In the 10th,
Lead by Ichiro Suzuki who is, no doubt, the best batter in the world, the Japanese had 18 hits.
In a few short lines, thatís the way the encounter evolved, but it was full of complicated situations, spectacular offensive and defensive plays, hugely important moments in the game, all keeping tension and emotions high throughout the 10 innings.
I am not a sports commentator.† I write about political subjects which are always with me; thatís why I pay attention to sports; thatís why yesterday there was no reflection regarding the very important encounter that would be happening that day.†
Everything was said and foretold several days in advance.† My friends, the reporters of the Western news agencies will not have any material to highlight, with greater or lesser emphasis, which in their opinion are difficulties connected with socialism.
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 24, 2009