Lazaro Garrido let out a huge sigh, one coated in nostalgia as the 67-year-old brought his mind back to that time of his life.
“Ay, linda mi niñez,” he said. His childhood in Cuba was beautiful.
The young Garrido played a lot of baseball. It was his beloved hobby, so beloved that Garrido said he slept with his baseball glove under his bed.
“They called me Willy — Willy Miranda,” he said, after Guillermo “Willy” Miranda Perez, the late Cuban-born professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues.
His childhood was beautiful not with Fidel Castro, Garrido pointed out, but with (Fulgencio) Batista — the dictator who in 1959 was overthrown during the Cuban Revolution.
“There was food, there were jobs,” Garrido said. “There were still problems because it was internal, you know, but I never had problems at home over food or over anything in Cuba — over anything.”
Garrido and his friends played in a field of rocks — there were no parks or stadiums with perfectly mowed grass.
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