New 30 for 30: Dramatic story of Livan and Orlando Hernandez defecting from Cuba

The latest 30 for 30, “Brothers in Exile,” tells the dramatic story of Livan and Orlando Hernandez defecting from the squalor of Cuba for the riches of Major League Baseball in the United States. Tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The film hammers home the immense risks these players, especially those in the 90s when Castro still was at the height of his powers, took to make the 90-mile journey. Orlando’s saga is particularly intense. Even though you know how it ends, director Mario Diaz does a nice job of documenting the suspense of that short trip.

Orlando’s torment.

Director Mario Diaz’s statement.

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