August 22, 2012
Jorge Ebro, Miami Herald
When a couple of Cuban baseball players abandoned a juvenile team in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2008, a furious Fidel Castro called Ron Hayter from Havana to let him know how upset he was.
Hayter, executive director of the International Baseball Federation in that Canadian city, said that the then-Cuban president really let him have it with a barrage of insults.
This time, Castro, 86, did not know or simply did not care that four Cuban female players made history by being the first to defect from a female delegation in that sport as well as the largest group leaving a baseball tournament in that city.