Here, we've developed an obsession for the long ball, just because we can. Other countries don't have that luxury, so they play a 'purer' form of baseball.

Cuba plays the game with an excitement that's very, very healthy to see. When you have your own teammates yelling and screaming at each other, that's something you don't see every day.

I think this has been more true of them than anybody in this thing: They are a team .

He's had English-speaking guys on his pitching staff for 11 years. It's just he hasn't had to do pre-scouting reports with them before.