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Opportunity lost for Lazo, Cubans

Cuba's rare tournament exit is last hurrah for veteran pitcher

Originally Published: March 19, 2009
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

SAN DIEGO -- The door to the home clubhouse at Petco Park creaked open close to midnight, and out popped veteran Cuban pitcher Pedro Lazo wearing a red, white and light blue team tracksuit. Under different circumstances, Lazo, 36, could have been a star in the majors, and in a different time and a different era, perhaps he could have starred in the Negro Leagues.

Lazo is dark-skinned, emotive on the mound and a master showman who wears his stirrups high and his pants low and loose. ...

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