Starting the decade with a new champion of the Cuban ball is a good omen for baseball on the Island, especially if, as is the case, the teams they faced fought for the title 29 years ago and during that time none could be reissued as winner.
What is happening today at the Cándido González stadium will be a rematch of the Camagueians for that trophy lost in 1991 against Matanzas, Henequeneros at that time.
Local fans, «fans» of the Crocodiles and much of Cuba, as both campuses are made up of athletes from other provinces, will try to witness the show.
For those who are close by, they are from around 8:00 in the morning on the outskirts of the Cándido González stadium and more and more people arrive.
The national show does not stand out on the international stages, but inward baseball is alive. And how! The Victoria de Girón park gathered 25 thousand spectators; the Latino, twice; and Candido, which days ago closed for capacity, today threatens to fill up long before the start of the match.
The lodging of the Bulls of Camagüey was inaugurated on December 26, 1965 and although it can only house seven thousand people, the presence of fans from so early in its doors proves the above.
A pitcher’s duel will be the main attraction of the afternoon: Freddy Asiel Álvarez and Lázaro Blanco, pitchers who have been payroll of the national team, will try to contain the offensive of their opponents.
The serpentinero Granmense will have a point in his favor, the wind, because the ball at this time does not walk inside the Candido because the air drives it from the right garden to the home.
Borrero, knowing this factor, only made a change in his lineup: Loidel Chapellí will play in the left field and place Jorge Luis Peña when the Matanzas pitcher is a left-handed man.
For Crocodiles it will be necessary to decipher from the beginning the launches of Blanco, which is usually fast and with a lot of control.If the wind made its own, Matanzas will not be able to rely on long connections to send on the scoreboard, this being his main weapon, since collectively they are the most homer team of the campaign.
With two silver and five bronze medals, the Camagüey team, with that name, has suffered the same fate as those of the West, who repeatedly caressed the title of champion.
This afternoon’s game will be a waste of dedication and passion, because this year one of the two teams will end their bad streak in play-off stories.
• Photos of Arnaldo Mirabal