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Panic sets in for Cuba

Cubans' victory over Mexico prolongs tournament stay

Originally Published: March 17, 2009
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

SAN DIEGO -- In the moments after a deflating loss to Japan, Cuban manager Higinio Velez told Cuban fans to stay calm and remain patient. This is not the time to panic, he warned.

So of course, several moments before they were scheduled to take the field for pregame warmups Monday, the Cuban national players walked out of their dugout in single file to the left-field area for early stretching exercises wearing all-red uniforms, the invincible all-reds worn only in the most important of ...

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