From Havana airport Cuban launcher sent EMOTIONAL farewell MESSAGE

By Yasel Porto

Goodbyes are never easy, even when they are temporary. Feelings that intersect when people have to be left behind or, in this case, their beloved team at the moment that the classification for the postseason phase in the 61st Cuban National Series was defined.

The latter was what happened to the talented pitcher from Villa Clara, Elier Carrillo, who left the Caribbean nation this Thursday to join the Perugia club of the Italian professional league.

in published writing by the correspondent and member of the Martín Dihigo supporters club in Villa Clara, Alexander Vicet, this reflected part of his conversation with the right-hander of the center-back Braulio Coroneaux in which he showed his pain at having to leave the Sugar Leopards in the decisive straight of the championship .

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«For my fans: Manada, it is time for them to believe with all the arguments that these boys suffer every defeat just like you. Know all the fans of the Sugar Leopards from Villa Clara that in my last presentation before you, and in our colossus on Sandino Avenue, I went out as always to tie up “cortico” on the contrary”, Eriel began by saying.

«This time it was not possible, it hurts me more than you, it was my last presentation in the orange city I wanted to say goodbye to you with a smile, we can still keep dreaming. He touches them, and there is no other way than to fill the Sandino from boat to boat. Know that I take you from the depths of my heart to Italian lands, I do not forget that you trusted me Sunday after Sunday, “concluded the monticulista from Villa Clara.

His message was published in the Leopardos Azucareros Facebook group and it had multiple favorable reactions from the fans of one of the most traditional Cuban baseball teams, even though there were always those who questioned his feelings by prioritizing his trip to Italy when the qualifying phase was almost closed. But the majority understands the needs in Cuba today and that the athletes take advantage of the opportunities that are not too many either.

Those led by the legendary Pedro Jova are fighting until the last minute to be included among the eight finalists, still keeping minimal mathematical chances of displacing teams like Pinar del Río, Industriales or Mayabeque. In the middle of that process, the five-time monarch team of the Island lost two of its main starters. First it was Alaín Sánchez and then Carrillo’s resignation was made official due to his contract in Italy.

He left a balance of 5-8, 51 strikeouts in 15 starts, of which 13 were from the beginning of the game. His PCL was 4.34 with a fairly high WHIP of 1.65 and a rival average of .309.

According to the official statistics of the Cuban Baseball Federation website, Carrillo is in his sixth season and has a total record of 9-17. His debut came in 2017-18, although there he barely pitched an inning in his only outing as a reliever.


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From Havana airport Cuban launcher sent EMOTIONAL farewell MESSAGE