Cuba – I’m reading the tough love for Cuba conservatives who are outraged. Ya know, I guess there’s an argument to be observed that you have to make the Castros’ submit to demonstrate that their barbarity can not be rewarded. But…
· Our moral high ground is not so apparent, like on the prison stuff.
· It would be one thing if we were caving in after a 3-4 years. Such that the world’s bad actors get the message that we’ll cave eventually, none of them are going to wait us out 54 years like this. It’s an aberration.
· Figure, the greater wisdom here favors moving things along, not recalcitrance. If you still want to depose the Castro’s, the change that comes with normalization will probably be upending.
Note this tangential note… Fidel Castro was a good pitcher, he had tryouts with the NY Giants and / or Senators in the early 50’s. Had a big 12-6 curveball of the type that is out of fashion today except for current Cy Younger Corey Kluber. There’s an alternate history that is evoked that says ‘hey, what if either of those teams had signed Castro? There’d be no Cuban revolution!’. Yeah, I suppose. Thing is, Fidel didn’t have a pro fastball, was probably short of 85 mph. Righthanders who throw 85 don’t get signed, ever, so it’s not really an alternate history.
Note this other tangential note…Reusse had Julio Becquer on his show yesterday evening. He’s a Cuban, and a first year Twin from 1961, and a Twin Cities resident. I didn’t recall him, he was a utility infielder and I am not old enough to remember the fringe guys that predate me. He spoke so fluidly I was moved to wonder how young he could be. He is 82, which is older than I would have guessed. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/becquju01.shtml
Reubenesque – http://www.minnpost.com/minnesota-blog-cabin/2014/12/tale-three-reubens. I love reubens, have since I was a boy. There was a point some years ago where I was prepared to be worldly and appreciate the sublime authenticity of a place like Cecil’s. But I went there, and didn’t find their Reuben better than typical Midwestern mom and pop’s. Good, and I’d have another. But not much different.
Norks – To me, the irony is going to be the quality of this movie vs. the commotion it will have caused. I mean c’mon…. it’s a Seth Rogen nothing burger.