"From a very early age in Cuba they put the pressure on you to do well in school and the teachers are tough just like the baseball trainers," he said. "And anyone that teaches in general in Cuba is very tough. Puts the pressure on the kids from a very young age. And I think that's why a lot of baseball teams want us on their teams: because we have a lot of discipline and are educated and we respect those who teach us."
Boston Red Sox's Roenis Elias decided pitching in Major League Baseball was worth the risk. He defected Cuba in 2010. And he survived a dangerous boat trip.