Cuba plays in the World Baseball Classics semi-finals for the second time in history. The opponent was identified at the end of this issue between Group D leader, Venezuela, and the current monarch, the United States.
They had also previously secured places in the top four of Japan and Mexico, with the latter beating 2013 and 2017 runners-up Puerto Rico 5–4 for the first time.
On Friday, mentor Armando Johnson announced left-hander Roenis Elias’ Sunday start. In statements to the Jit, Guantanamo, who spent seven seasons in the Major Leagues, said of his inclusion in the team: “This is a dream I wanted to achieve and I’m living it to the fullest.
“That’s why I tried to contribute my grain of sand, as well as my work, helping the younger boys. Few people thought that we would get here and see where we are,” he stressed.
As for a possible opponent, he did not favor either of them: “They are good teams, my respect to both, but the goal will be to do their job. We are already in the top four, but it would be much better to reach the final, and with this motivation we are going to take the field, in my case with the mission to advance the game as much as possible,” he emphasized.
Even knowing that the hosts and the dark-haired have leaner payrolls, Johnson doesn’t deviate an inch from the team’s aspirations. With this energy and good humor, he strives to optimize individual and team work without adding pressure to existing ones.
“We have completed part of the task, but full compliance will only come if we return home with the title, and for this we are going to leave our lives on earth,” he said.
For a strategist with a long career in national series with Isle of Youth and a virtuoso in the art of building team unity and fan loyalty, “in addition to the fitness we’ve always talked about, the guys are 100%, they know what they want, as we all know . There is joy, there is great solidarity, and everyone has a goal in their head to make history.
As a novelty in recent hours, Yoennis Cespedes has joined training in Miami after he rescheduled his return from Chinese Taipei due to personal emergencies.
Source: Juventud Rebelde