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Did Jimmy Carter go to Cuba just to get help on his delivery from a former Washington Senators prospect?

We'd like to know what's up with the former president and Fidel Castro, so we asked you to tell us what's going on in this week's Mystery Photo.

Below are the best caption suggestions from the nearly 600 e-mails we received.

Jimmy Carter, always an open book and on the straight and narrow, learns how to throw a curve by a man who's done it for almost 50 years.
Wally Shoe
Providence, R.I.

"Watch where you throw that ball, Jimmy. It's the only one we have because of that damn embargo."
Peter Hong
Dunwoody, Ga.

Castro: "We could use an arm like yours, after so many of our star players defected."
Wilson Li
Queens, N.Y.

In a fit of rage, right-hander Jimmy Carter throws the ball into the third row when manager Fidel Castro brings the hook to the mound.
Wayne Buck

"Now, Jimmy, I think if you go ahead and pull your pants all the way up to your armpits ... that should add another 10 mph to your fastball."
Matthew Mobley
Clarksville, Tenn.

"Dubya got to throw out the first pitch at the World Series. How come I got relegated to throwing out the first pitch in Cuba?"
Eric VanSickle
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Fidel: "Two boxes of Cubans and 50 political prisoners that toss doesn't reach the plate on the bounce."
Matthew Wallace
Springfield, Va.

During the "Old World Leaders" All-Star Game, opposing players are allowed on the pitching mound to talk trash, a rule originally added by former Indian insurgent Mahatma Ghandi.

"Now you can go back to your America and tell Selig to stop calling. I don't have time to tell him how to run baseball anymore. I've helped him all I can."
Todd Reid
Charlotte, N.C.

"We've decided to keep you here as compensation for El Duque."
Terence Kane

Carter: "... and I believe in long, wet kisses that last three days."

Castro: (swooning) "Oh, Jimmy ..."
Matt Ronski
Hartford, Conn.

"Put your legs into it, gringo, you throw like a peanut farmer."
Chase Edmondson
Reston, Va.

Thanks to a laundry problem, Jose Rijo is forced to begin warming up for his next start in his street clothes.
Todd E
Jacksonville, Fla.

"Jimmy, if I ever would have seen John Kennedy throw like that, I would have tried to put missiles as far north as Cleveland."
Scott Stout
Louisville, Ky.

Castro: "That's right, Jimmy. Just throw the pitch. If it's a strike, you will replace Danny Almonte on our Little League team. If it's a ball, you will face the firing squad."
Shiloh Shannon
San Antonio

You have much to learn about The Force, my young padawan."
Duke Newcomb
Glenale, Ariz.

Jimmy Carter is playing Fidel's favorite game -- hit the Cuban defector.

"If Jesse Orosco can still do it, maybe we've got a shot."
Spartanburg, S.C.

Next on ESPN Deportes: Los Pares Impares.
Daniel Lilavois
Dover, N.H.

"It's all right, Fidel, you had me at 'hello.' "
Mark Griffin
Melbourne, Fla.

With the players' strike looming, tryouts for replacement players are under way in Cuba.

Carter: "All you have to do is get this throwing part down, and you will officially be better than any pitcher on the Texas Rangers!"
Jake Martin
Bedford, Texas

"Jimmy, after the game I would like to talk to you about how you rationalized your 'lust in the heart' comments to your wife."
Lewisville, N.C.

Castro: "Oh, my God! Then in comes Janice, right when Ross and Rachel are thinking, 'How can this get any worse?' I thought I was gonna die!'
Lower Allston, Mass.

"Say, 'Hello,' to my little friend!"

"Do all capitalist pigs throw like a girl, or just you, Jimmy?"
Dan Davis
Jacksonville, Fla.

Carter: "You see how the bottom drops out on this curve ball ...it's kind of like our economy did during my presidency."
Justin Houk
New Castle, Pa.

Fidel Castro looks on as Jimmy Carter begins the first round of "Hit the Dissident."

"Hey, Fidel! I think 'Havana Expos' has a nice ring to it, si?"
Clint M McCue
Mulberry, Ark.

"Baseball, $10. Glove, $45. Cuban All-Stars baseball cap, $25. Chin music to Fidel for not dying when I was in office -- priceless."
Steve Malbasa
Fort Bragg, N.C.

And here is the real caption from The Associated Press: Former President Jimmy Carter, right, accompanied by Cuban President Fidel Castro, warms up before throwing the first pitch in an all-star baseball game May 14 at the Latinamerican Stadium in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera)


Mystery Photo responses May 13: Gettin' buzzed

Mystery Photo responses May 6: Model citizens

Mystery Photo responses April 30: Double shots

Mystery Photo responses April 23: Beyond Yankees domes

Mystery Photo responses April 17: Take a number

Mystery Photo responses April 10: Off-Broadway BP

Mystery Photo responses April 3: Ahoy, Matey

Mystery Photo responses March 15: Duck, it's Costner

Mystery Photo responses March 4: Ohno, it's Katie!

Mystery Photo responses Feb.25: Pairs who share

Mystery Photo responses Feb. 6: Two minutes for stripping

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 25: Fore!

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 18: Look into my eyes

Mystery Photo responses Jan. 7: Eye of the Hurricanes

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 31: Might as well jump

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 19: Saint Nicked

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 10: Mac attack

Mystery Photo responses Dec. 3: Swept away

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 26: Tastes like chicken ...

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 19: At least these are in team colors

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 9: You can't hide

Mystery Photo responses Nov. 2: Trick or Treat?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 26: 'So the priest says ...'

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 19: Hello?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 12: Tennis, everyone?

Mystery Photo responses Oct. 7: He shoots, he ...

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 28: Safe at home

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 21: Coming up short

Mystery Photo responses Sept. 18: Hat tricks

Mystery Photo Sept. 7: Tough shot

Mystery Photo Aug. 31: Oh, Danny boy!

Mystery Photo Aug. 24: Baby doll

Mystery Photo Aug. 17: Wild night at the ballpark

Mystery photo Aug. 10: Doubles divas

Mystery photo Aug. 3: Hoops, I did it again

Mystery photo July 27: I've got it!

Mystery photo July 20 extras: Fiddling with captions

Mystery photo July 20: The Devil you say?

Mystery photo July 13: The BoSox Boys

Mystery photo July 6: Reunited...

Mystery photo June 29: This just in ...

Mystery photo June 22: Caught in the act

Mystery photo June 18: What's up with Bobby Cox?

Mystery photo June 8: Kobe Bryant plugged

Mystery photo June 1: Something about Shaq

Mystery photo May 25: Two wild and crazy guys

Mystery photo May 17: Nothing but net

Mystery photo May 11: Tim and Jerry

Mystery photo May 3: Drop 'em

Mystery photo April 27: Great seats, eh?

Mystery photo April 23: Ready, aim ...

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