Miami Marlins

March 29, 2012 by  
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Our PhD Committee is in Little Havana as we open baseball’s newest major league ballpark – Marlins Park. Ed Kasputis interviews Michael Jong from about the new ball park and the Marlins‘ new additions.  Ed then interviews George Ustet from about baseball and Cuba. Our podcast concludes as we say good bye to Billy the Marlin and realize that “it’s time for Dodger baseball.”  Dodger Stadium just turned 50.  Next podcast it’s time to Think Blue.




4 Comments on "Miami Marlins"

  1. Joaquina Utset on Thu, 29th Mar 2012 2:18 PM 

    Very good interview with George nobody better than him to talk about the reality of Cuba. Thank You George.

  2. Robert on Fri, 30th Mar 2012 1:07 PM 

    Thank you for interviewing George Ustep from It is important for the world to know of the harsh realities that the Cuban people face under the Castro regime. In America, we take our personal liberties for granted, but in other countries like Cuba, there are no such liberties.

  3. Steve_YYZ on Fri, 30th Mar 2012 5:10 PM 

    What a complete shame that you let someone like Jorge Ustep and his 50+ year-old exile view of Cuba (and all the falsehoods his website contains) color your view of Baseball in Cuba and not go to Havana and experience Cuban baseball yourself. As a Canadian who is free to travel to Cuba whenever I wish, I can assure you that sitting side-by-side with average Cuban fans in the stands at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana watching an Industriales baseball game is an experience you really should enjoy. The nonsense expoused by the Cuban-American exiles about there being “two-Cubas” and that foreigners and local Cubans don’t interact and share experiences if completely false. Sure, if all you do is take a “resort vacation” then you won’t see much of Cuba anymore than someone in a gated Jamaican resort would see Jamaica. But I choose to stay in a Casa Particular (bed & breakfast) with local Cuban families and am free to travel anywhere in the country without problem…. or escort. I encourage you to get a wider perspective than the CA exile viewpoint of Cuba and discover the wonderful country, people and baseball that you’re missing.

  4. Edward Kasputis on Sat, 31st Mar 2012 4:17 PM 

    Thanks for listening to our podcast. We appreciate your passion but respectfully disagree with some of your points. In an effort to get a broader perspective, Baseball PhD went to Tokyo this week to see the A’s and the Mariners open the 2012 MLB season. In game 2 of that series, A’s rookie center fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit his first Major League home run. Cespedes’ participation in that game occurred as a result of his courage to defect from Cuba. Cespedes is now an “almost free man.” Unlike you or I, Cespedes can now see the world with the exception of Cuba. I’m sure that a trip to his homeland would result in his arrest. Go Jays!

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