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MLB Bullets Arrives In Cuba

Major League Baseball went to Cuba. Everything else is secondary.

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Forty-five years ago, the United States started an opening to the People's Republic of China with "ping-pong diplomacy" after a team of American table tennis players went to China in the spirit of peace and competition. Yesterday, we saw the beginnings of "baseball diplomacy." No matter how you feel about the visit to Cuba, it's hard to argue that it wasn't an historic event, one way or the other. This is one of those times when politics simply can't be separated from baseball. I ask that we not get into a debate over the nature of the Castro regime (which no one argues is not authoritarian and oppressive) and especially not get into a debate over the Obama presidency. Naturally you will be allowed to express your thoughts about what happened yesterday in Havana and what it means to you. But please be civil and do not use language that will inflame opinion rather than enlighten it. I trust you all to be adults. Even the kids among you.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.