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Cuban baseball brawl takes violence to new heights

- February 18th, 2014

You’d think baseball games in Cuba would be of the genteel variety, not the kind where players fear for their lives.

(Yeah, that might be redundant since baseball isn’t exactly rife with deadly assaults to begin with.)

But, you know, I have the image of good-natured Cubans kicking back to watch a little beisbol with a mojito in one hand and a hand-rolled stogey in the other, the players celebrating the spirit of comradeship by setting aside the egos and competitiveness rampant in most other professional sports.

Hah, not a chance.

Not judging by the level of violence that came out during a Cuban league game between Matanzas and Villa Clara Monday night.

See for yourself how these guys settle their differences after a near-beaning. This makes your average MLB bench-clearing brawl look like a friendship summit.

Matanzas’ Demis Valdes, the dude with the bat, wasn’t even in the game when he went after Villa Clara pitcher Freddy Alvarez for barely hitting 17-year-old Victor Mesa, Jr. It was the second straight hitter Alvarez plunked, though, with Yasiel Santoya getting drilled in the head.

The game was delayed for 20 minutes but fortunately Fidel’s boys all kept their composure and the game ended in a 3-0 win for Matanzas.

But make no mistake, this brawl could have gone south in a hurry, had a bat connected with its intended target. ‘Cuz human skulls don’t fare well when struck with hardened wood swung with bad intentions.

Still, there’s nothing like a little baseball brawl to close out your Monday, eh folks.
Almost makes you look forward to an endless amount of spring training games, doesn’t it?

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