Cubans are smart. They have one of the highest literacy rates in the world. They have universal healthcare, good cigars and great baseball players. But they clearly don’t know who they’re dealing with.
Yesterday, Cuban Olympic Committee president Jose Ramon Fernandez suggested that the World Baseball Classic should be run like some sort of democracy.
“We are firmly convinced that there should be a committee of participants,” he said. “And that the committee should choose a group to discuss the organization, the dates, the rules of elimination, the participants and everything else.”
Major League Baseball and its players’ association ran the first WBC with an iron fist. The Haves and the Have Mores set the dates, made the rules, decided who was allowed to play and collected the money.
They will surely keep a tight grip on the power.
Fernandez said Cuba is “worried” about the 2009 WBC tournament. They feel it should be organized “in a spirit where all participants have a voice and a vote.”
That one-voice-one-vote commie claptrap might play in Havana, but this is the United States of Wealth. The Have and the Have Mores will decide who votes.
Cubans clearly think this baseball tournament is about baseball.
The WBC is about money and power.
The people with the money have the power and the people with the power make the money.
You can take that to the bank.