‘On The Road With psugator02’ – June 3, 2010
Thursday, June 3
Muvico Hialeah 14
screening for “Lost Son of Havana”
Last night it wasn’t at all about the graphing. It was about the “Lost Son of Havana,” the 2009 documentary that chronicles Luis Tiant’s return to his homeland of Cuba after a 46-year hiatus. And you don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this story. In fact, the gf decided to attend the screening with me at the last minute and she wasn’t disappointed, dabbing her eyes through most of the movie.
I’ve always been aware of Tiant’s baseball career. I knew he played for the Red Sox and the Yankees. I didn’t realize he also played for the Twins and Indians. I knew he was overpowering when he first made it to the big leagues. I had no idea that he had to completely reinvent himself as a pitcher after a major arm injury.
What was most moving, though, was the story of Tiant’s life. Would you leave your family for another country if you knew that you would never again be allowed to return home? That was Tiant’s dilemma in 1961 when he left the island of Cuba for the United States. I guess up until that year ballplayers could leave Cuba to play professionally. However, per Castro, those who chose to leave could never return.
Tiant was emotional throughout most of the documentary, as was the packed theater. I don’t want to give away anything else. I’ll just say that “Lost Son of Havana” is a movie you don’t want to miss.
Luis Tiant: 1/1 (educational pamphlet for Kassis)…and Luis did a nice job with giving me a big, bold graph in blue Sharpie.
Also: The summer road trip begins Thursday, June 10. I’m only going to list in this forum the baseball games that I’ll be attending during the first leg of the trip. I’ll be with the gf so if I want to attend these games, then I’ll have to go to just as many contra dances with her LOL
Here’s some info on contra dancing:
And here’s my tentative itinerary:
June 11: Greenville at Rome
June 12: Delmarva at Lexington
June 18-19: Durham at Louisville
June 23: New Hampshire at Harrisburg
July 9 New Hampshire at Binghamton
July 10: Lehigh Valley at Scranton
I’ll be umpiring a Little League tournament in Cooperstown from July 3-9, then will continue the road trip’s second leg. Shoot me a PM if you’d like me to 50-50 any of the above games.
If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at email@example.com.