Despot Death Watch

by Richard Brookhiser

I went to Havana in 1984 with Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign. Castro was giving him some American prisoners from his jails (drug dealers, Jehovah’s Witness evangels) to take home as party favors, and Jackson visited them in their Havana prison. I turn now to The Outside Story:

“The New York Times reported, days later, that the prisoners had played a ‘visitor’s game’ of baseball-so-called because it is a recreation permitted them only when visitors come. Since Jackson was his usual hour or so late, the game went seventy innings.”

Seventy innings of prison baseball — one metaphor for Castro’s reign.

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