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Two-Month-Old Nationals Game First MLB Game Shown in Cuba in More Than 50 Years

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    Sunday, a Major League Baseball game was broadcast in its entirety on Cuban open-air television for the first time since 1961.

    Cubans who tuned in were treated to a game between the Nationals and Braves...from May 2.

    For those who need a quick recap, Washington defeated Atlanta by a 3-1 score. Dan Haren earned his third victory of the season. Since then, Haren, currently on the disabled list, has won one game and is in the midst of a personal six-game losing streak. I'm sure he wouldn't have minded watching that game again himself.

    According to the Associated Press, the game was "stripped of commercials and [lasted] just an hour and a half or so [while] Cuban commentators provided color and play-by-play over the original English, which could be heard faintly in the background."

    More from AP:

    The early reviews were not overly enthusiastic. The game turned out to be a nearly 2-month-old matchup between two teams that boast none of the defected Cuban stars whom islanders are most eager to follow.

    "It's interesting to see how they play, but I can't say it thrilled me all that much because I don't know any of the players," said Diego Sierra, 67. "I would really like to see the Cubans, see how they are developing in that league, really see how well they are doing."

    The Nationals' lone Cuban, pitcher Yunesky Maya, did not appear in the game, but then again, I'm not sure if even Maya's countrymen would want to watch him. 


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