Life, Death, And Yasiel Puig: LA Mag's Jesse Katz Is Here To Chat

Los Angeles Magazine's Jesse Katz, who wrote that great story on Yasiel Puig's defection from Cuba—you can get a refresher here—is in the comments below, ready to take your questions. Follow Jesse on Twitter @byjessekatz, stop by his website, and/or check out his book The Opposite Field, a memoir on parenting and… » 4/15/14 1:59pm Tuesday 1:59pm

Yasiel Puig's Defection Story Is Crazier Than You Could Imagine

Over at Los Angeles Magazine, Jesse Katz has a story in which he attempts to reconstruct Yasiel Puig's journey from Cuba to the major leagues, which you should absolutely make some time to read in full. It's a great story full of scenes that feel ripped straight from a screenplay, but above all it reveals that Puig's… » 4/14/14 12:09pm Monday 12:09pm

Here's A Japanese Announcer Calling The Netherlands' Upset Over Cuba,…

I will admit to having been a WBC Doubting Thomas. Even as the first two editions produced their share of exciting moments, there was no lasting image, or huge shake-up of the baseball hierarchy. This year, though? I take back every use of the word "exhibition." Between the U.S.'s two stirring comeback wins, the iconic… » 3/11/13 3:48pm 3/11/13 3:48pm

Google Translating WBC Coverage: The Medieval War's Pitchers Can Not…

Cuba demolished Chinese Taipei on Saturday, eliminating Taiwan from the World Baseball Classic, by a score of 14-0. three Cuban pitchers held Chinese Taipei to just three hits. The game ended under the mercy rule in the seventh, following an eight-run sixth inning for Cuba. According to Google Translate, The China… » 3/10/13 2:19pm 3/10/13 2:19pm

South Korean Pro Team Cancels WBC Exhibition Against Cuba Because The…

Mildly scandalous behavior continues to plague the run-up to the World Baseball Classic. Yesterday, we had Taiwanese scouts disguising themselves as umpires and infiltrating a South Korean exhibition, and today we have a South Korean pro team refusing to play against the Cuban national team because the Cubans were… » 2/21/13 11:55am 2/21/13 11:55am

The Happiest Man In The World: Teófilo Stevenson And Cuba's Lost…

Teófilo Stevenson won his first Olympic gold medal in 1972 and his last world amateur championship in 1986. He won 302 fights and once went an unbelievable 11 years without a loss. Had Cuba not boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics, many think Stevenson would have won an unmatched four gold medals in boxing. Stevenson had … » 6/28/12 4:20pm 6/28/12 4:20pm

Ozzie Guillen Said Something Crazy About Fidel Castro

Ozzie Guillén said he loved Fidel Castro. Can you believe it? Guillén said he respects Fidel Castro. Are you hearing this? In Miami, with a large demographic of people who have fled Cuba to get away from Castro, people are losing their shit. Or, at least, we are being told that people are losing their shit. I have no… » 4/08/12 9:13am 4/08/12 9:13am

If You Have Front-Row Seats At An Indians-Sox Game, What Else Are You…

Your morning roundup for May 25, the day we were "spoon-fed gold leaf and pharmaceutical cocaine by Ferran Adria himself." Image courtesy tipster Rosina. » 5/25/11 9:50am 5/25/11 9:50am