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PanAm Games final taken by Cuba (updated)
2007-07-20 11:17
by Bob Timmermann

Apparently, you had to get up mighty early in the morning to catch it (I didn't), but Cuba won the PanAm games gold medal in baseball, their 10th straight, with a 3-1 win over the USA before a crowd of 224 in Rio de Janeiro.

I found a boxscore here.

Update - Before the game, Fidel Castro mused about how hard it was for Cubans to win anything in the PanAm games. It's translated into English. Let's just say it's unusual.

Here also is an AP account of the game. Apparently it started at 9 am Rio time. So a crowd of 224 people to watch a sport that few of them understand on a work day at 9 am is not hard to believe.

2007-07-20 08:45:59
1.   Suffering Bruin
224? Wow. Not only did I not know there was a Pan-Am games final, I didn't know the Pan-Am games was going on.
2007-07-20 09:25:11
2.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
That's only 212 more fans than attended the semi-final game in my softball league!
2007-07-20 11:34:59
3.   Xeifrank
Too bad we lost, but 3-1 isn't too bad. Atleast they got to play the game, with the threat of a US forfiet due to the rain delay looming. Now the team can go home and beat up on the Chinese National team. Best we have more than 300 at that game.
vr, Xei
2007-07-20 13:18:23
4.   Robert Daeley
That still beats the attendance at most Marlins home games.
2007-07-20 16:10:15
5.   joejoejoe
I'm happy they got to play the final. Congrats to the gold and silver medal teams.

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