Thursday, November 4, 2010

from nbc sports: Hugo Chavez and Edgar Renteria

Hugo Chavez to Edgar Renteria: “We beat Bush’s team!”

Craig Calcaterra

Nov 4, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez talks on the phone with Edgar Renteria in Caracas

Earlier this week Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos had a summit meeting. As recounted in this BBC report, the meeting was interrupted so Santos could call national hero Edgar Renteria and congratulate him on winning the World Series. Chavez, a huge baseball fan, spoke with Renteria too. And yes, that’s actually a picture of Chavez on the phone talking to Renteria.

What didn’t make the BBC report, however — but which did make it into Daniel Lozano’s report in the Spanish language paper Publico was this:

“The two leaders joked over the phone with baseball player Edgar Renteria, the star who just won the baseball title for the San Francisco Giants after 56 years. Chavez challenged him to a Caimanera (a casual game) and confessed his joy at the victory: ‘We beat Bush’s team!’”

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