'Opening Day' gives our friends in Venezuela a chance to talk Cabrera rather than Maduro

Like Cubans, Venezuelans are "baseball crazy".  I had my personal introduction to their passion when I was in a taxi in Caracas a few years ago.  The driver had the Caribbean World Series on the radio and he was complaining about the national team under performing.  At one point, David Concepcion, the great Reds shortstop who should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, popped out with men on base and the driver just went crazy screaming "Idiota." It reminded me of my parents' stories about the Cuban team in the Caribbean World Series of the 1950's.  The tournament brought together the winter league champs from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico and Dominican Republic.  This tournament made the Red Sox-Yankees games look calm. There were huge crowds, music, cigars, rum and language that your mom would object to.  That's Caribbean baseball! Opening Day 2014 comes at a very difficult time for...(Read Full Post)