Lourdes Gourriel Jr.
The news that the Gourriel brothers would not be returning to Cuba has led to all manner of controversies.
As I see it, this is without a doubt the most significant – albeit erroneously called – “desertion” in Cuban baseball history.
The decision by the two brothers – and 31-year-old Yulieski Gourriel in particular – has caught the attention of all main US sports publications and that of the media in other parts of the world as well.
The Cuban government lamented today having lost its top baseball player and one of its best prospects, Yulieski and Lourdes Jr. Gourriel.
Having long resisted the call to join dozens of other Cuban stars in the Major Leagues, Yulieski finally decided to make the jump. He is fresh off being the only Cuban to shine in the recently concluded Caribbean Series where he hit for a whopping .450 average.
La noticia del no regreso de los hermanos Gourriel a Cuba ha generado todo tipo de controversias.
Sin lugar a dudas resulta – a mi entender – la mal llamada “deserción” más significativa del béisbol cubano en su historia.
La salida de los dos hermanos, pero principalmente la de Yulieski Gourriel, ha llamado la atención de todos los principales programas de televisón deportivos de Estados Unidos, como también de otros medios en otras partes del mundo.