MIAMI – Baseball. It’s the national pastime of Cuba and has long united exiles and those still on the island. It also has divided them.
Over the years, dozens of top players have defected to the U.S. On Saturday, a retired group of these players will finally match up against their island counterparts in a Fort Lauderdale game that would have been inconceivable a decade ago and that was nearly derailed earlier this summer.
The game between former members of the Industrials - Cuba’s version of the Yankees - was slated for last month at Florida International University’s Miami baseball stadium.
In July, FIU abruptly canceled the deal. University officials cited “contractual issues,” but a letter from the school’s attorney sent to the ACLU shows officials got twitchy about the event’s political nature.