The world was freed of one of its most evil and real-life super villains when Cuban dictator Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90. Castro’s was Cuba’s leader through 11 U.S. Presidents, almost pushed the world to nuclear war, and gave his Cuban people zero to little rights.
It was widely known that Castro was in declining health for the last several years, as he stepped aside 10 years ago in 2006 and transitioned the Communist power to his brother Raul Castro, who is now 85. Castro toppled Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and introduced a Communist revolution that would keep Cuba in a time capsule. The dynamic between Castro and his people will be seen as dictatorship to the outside world, but for people who know nothing but living under Castro’s reign, they believe he is a good leader. As BBC News sums up this dynamic perfectly saying, “His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator.”
Americans recently experienced a glimpse inside Castro’s Cuba when the MLB returned to to the country for the first time since 1999. this past spring training. President Barack Obama sat next to Raul Castro behind the plate as The Tampa Bay Rays played an exhibition game against the Cuban National Team at Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano. Derek Jeter, Dave Winfield, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, and Secretary of State John Kerry also attended the game.
It can’t be stressed enough of how terrible and inhumane Cuban life is under Castro rule. New Yorkers buy Mets tickets to come and watch Yoenis Cespedes dominate on the baseball field, but they forget that Cespedes had to risk his life to escape Cuba just so he can play in the Major Leagues. The same can be said for Yasiel Puig, Aroldis Chapman, Jose Abreu, Aledmys Diaz, Yoan Moncada, and the deceased Jose Fernandez.
The next time you cheer when Cespedes hits a clutch home run for the Mets, Chapman throw 104 MPH at Yankee Stadium, or Puig gun somebody out at the plate with his amazing arm strength, think about where these players come from. Fidel Castro was a villainous dictator who is no longer alive, as we now look forward to see what his death means for the future of Cuba.