The last time the island nation’s people were able to see a big league ballgame on free TV, the Cuban Missile Crisis was still a year away. The Associated Press reports that the streak finally was broken this week, but many local fans were disappointed to learn that state television was airing a game from May 2 — with no defected Cuban stars involved. Not even the Miami Marlins. What the communist country’s viewers got on Baseball International was a rather routine 3-1 win for the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves. Featuring Cuban commentators and devoid of commercials, it ran about 90 minutes. And viewers in baseball-mad Cuba apparently reacted with a shrug. “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,” 67-year-old Diego Sierra told the AP. “I would really like to see the Cubans, see how they are developing in that league.” The AP noted that it’s not clear whether Cuba got express written consent from Major League Baseball to show the game. The country routinely airs U.S. TV shows such as Seinfeld and CSI, apparently without compensating American networks. Not even with a cigar.
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