Are we the only ones confused by the Reds’ recent signing of Cuban defector and potential star left-hander Aroldis Chapman?
Let’s break it down. The Reds are certainly not frontrunners and definitely aren’t money-whipping anyone out of the way to land a player. So could all the hype that’s surrounded this child of Fidel be wrong? If Chapman is as good as they say, why didn’t the Yankees, the Red Sox, or either of the teams in Florida — the state that has a significant Cuban minority — get involved in the bidding?
One thing we do know is that Aroldis didn’t choose Cincinnati for its charm. Sure, the Castro regime may have suppressed a basic human right here and there, but Havana is still a beautiful city, and at least their health care system works. Plus, Cubans are just a colorful people; they drink good liquor, they smoke the finest cigars, and they dance. Lord, how they dance.
Different day. Different store. Same dancing guy.
Best of luck, Aroldis. We’ll be thinking of you when the seasonal floods of the Ohio river happen.