HAVANA TIMES — There is nothing Cuban baseball fans would like more than to watch tonight’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game with five of their favorite players on the National and American League teams.
But despite a small opening which allows some MLB games (with no Cuban players) to be broadcast days after they are played, the idea of the censors allowing fans to once again see Jose Dariel Abreu (Cienfuegos), Aroldis Chapman (Holguin), Yasiel Puig (Cienfuegos), Alexei Ramirez (Pinar del Rio) and Yoenis Cespedes (Granma) all on the same night is just plain out of the question.
Local baseball critics consulted by HT are almost unanimous in believing that someday Cubans will be allowed to see the island’s top players in action, and most say that it’s only a matter of time that the Communist Party’s Ideological Dept., the main censor of all Cuban media, will give in to public demand.
On Monday night Yoenis Cespedes, who played for Granma in the Cuban league, managed a repeat victory in the annual All-Star Home Run Derby. This accomplishment went unreported in the government’s monopoly media.
Nonetheless, both the Home Run Derby and the All-Star game will most likely be available in the coming weeks in the packets sold on the street and door-to-door that allow Cubans to see numorous programs not allowed by the controlled media.