Nusbaum: With Puig and Gurriel in World Series, MLB’s Cuban conquest is complete

From Eric Nusbaum at VICE Sports on October 24, 2017:

On Tuesday, the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers begin one of the most exciting World Series matchups in recent memory. Obviously, we don’t know how the games will actually play out, but on paper, they could not look any better. The best lineup in baseball is taking on the best pitching staff. If you’re a baseball fan, there are a lot of very obvious reasons to be stoked.

We get to watch a pair of Hall of Fame starters each searching for their first championship in Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw.

We get to watch a pair of spectacularly talented 23-year-old shortstops in Carlos Correa and Corey Seager.

We get to watch the two best hitters of the postseason so far in Jose Altuve and Justin Turner, both about as unlikely in their success as baseball superstars can be.

We also get to watch perhaps the two most important Cuban ballplayers in modern history facing off for the first time as major league players.

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Originally published: October 25, 2017. Last Updated: October 25, 2017.