“Esquina Caliente” or Hot Corner for Cuba sports talk
Posted: 12 July 2007 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This area is located in Habana Vieja where men gather to argue about Cuban baseball. Ever seen this?

Have you ever been to a baseball game in Cuba? We would love to hear about it.

What other local sports are there? Do Cubans play soccer or basketball?

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Posted: 14 July 2007 04:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Here is an article from the Associated Press about Esquina Caliente and how sports talk is turning into political talk.

Miguel is in mid-sentence when his face darkens and his eyes dart to the ground. His mouth is still open, but no words come out.

He has been talking about what it must be like to live in a country where the government doesn’t control all radio and television. What he says is hardly incendiary, but when a policeman saunters by, he freezes.

“That’s Cuba,” he says after the officer has moved away. “They are always listening.”

Saying the wrong thing too loudly in this country can cost you your job. Insulting Fidel Castro or other leaders in public can mean jail.

Still, freedom of speech in Cuba is more nuanced than may appear. The government tolerates criticism in a few accepted spaces, and many people do express themselves in public, sometimes even loudly and bitterly and more so, some say, since Castro fell ill last year and his brother Raul took over.

One such relatively free space is the enclave of benches and shade trees of Havana’s Central Park where Miguel was sounding off. It’s called the Esquina Caliente, or “Hot Corner,” from baseball lingo for third base. Here Cuban men both young and old, black and white, some with gold chains and sneakers, others in threadbare tank tops and dusty sandals argue sports all day, every day.

But debate sometimes spills into other areas: women, ration cards, clothes and cars. Illegal TV hookups, water shortages, booze and last night’s neighborhood Communist Party meeting.

Read the rest of the story

On Havana streets, Cubans speak their minds but limits are strict and closely watched by The Associated Press

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Posted: 13 February 2008 01:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I am visiting in early April and will have to make a stop at Esquina Caliente simply for the opportunity to be in the audience.  I really want to actually attend a game though and have been having a tough time finding out about teams, cities and schedules.  I would hate to have to wait till then.  Any ideas folks?

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Posted: 13 February 2008 01:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Search our http://havanajournal.com for baseball and you might find more information. It is hard to find the schedules.

If you happen to be taking photos and/or keeping a journal, we would love to post anything here that you might bring back.

Have a great trip.

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Posted: 10 December 2008 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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We have put our our Esquina Caliente Cuban sports site.

We are looking for original content about sports in Cuba and videos from esquina caliente in Habana.

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