Chicago White Sox player playing for Cuba refuses to say ‘Patria y Vida’ in interview

Yoan Moncada, second baseman for the Chicago White Sox, came to the U.S. from Cuba in 2014. Now living in freedom, he is no longer subject to the repression and censorship of the communist Castro dictatorship. However, when Moncada decided to play for the Cuban team at the World Baseball Classic, he once again became a pawn of the regime.

In an interview with media in Miami, Moncada was asked if he says “Patria y Vida” (Homeland and Life). He refused.

“I can’t answer that question, dude. I’m a baseball player, I have nothing to do with that.”

Now, as a representative of Cuba’s communist dictatorship, Moncada could not bring himself to utter the words “Patria y Vida.”

“Patria y Vida” is the title of a Grammy award-winning song written and performed by Cuban dissident rappers that became the inspiration and anthem for the massive peaceful protests that broke out across Cuba on July 11, 2021. It is a counter to the communist Castro dictatorships slogan “Patria o Muerte” (Homeland or Death), which Cubans on the island have adopted in their struggle to break free from the only thing the socialist Cuban revolution has offered them for the past 64 years: death.

Even though Moncada has been in the U.S. since 2014 and has experienced the freedom to express his opinions without fear of imprisonment, you can see how the communist dictatorship still exerts its control over him. It’s really quite sad and depressing to watch.

This incident exposes the true nature and the real significance behind the so-called Cuban team at the World Baseball Classic. We have been told over and over again that “Team Asere” represents all Cubans, but that is plainly not the case. None of its players, even the ones who live in the U.S., are representing the Cuban people. They are instead representing the communist Castro dictatorship and pursuing the interests of the regime that oppresses them.

3 thoughts on “Chicago White Sox player playing for Cuba refuses to say ‘Patria y Vida’ in interview”

  1. I do not have a problem with the Cuban players that live in Cuba but those players that came oveer and are now playing in the MLB they did not have to support the Cuban Govt by playing for the team…
    There are a lot of Cuban players in MLB but they did not join the Cuban Team, they are PROUD CUBANS not like these that play for Cuba …

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