• Adeiny Hechavarria, who defected from Cuba in 2009, is surprised like many by the now international story surrounding Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who also is from Cuba.
Hechavarria on Friday briefly spoke about how he was able to flee Cuba five years ago. He was on a boat, which included civilians and two other ballplayers, that reached Mexico.
"Everything went well on my first try," Hechavarria said in Spanish. "I got to Mexico, established my residency within two to three months, and from there I was able to fly to the Dominican, where I was signed. And that's it."
Hechavarria's parents also are in Miami with him. Hechavarria and Jose Fernandez are Miami's two Cuban-born players. Fernandez's story is well-documented. He defected in 2008, also through Mexico, and he settled in Tampa, Fla.