Archive for August, 2013

Copa Midwest on KFAI

August 29, 2013

Today, we had the opportunity to be guests of Northern Sun News, a local radio show on KFAI 90.3 in Minneapolis to promote Copa Comunidad Midwest.
Thanks to Don for allowing to be guests on his show and for Emmanuel Ortiz for making it happen.
The guests of the show were Jimmy, Jessica, and Emmanuel of Leftwing TC and myself from LA Futbolistas.
You can listen to the podcast beginning on the 3rd minute.
For more info on the Copa Comunidad go to:
http://copamidwest2013.wordpress.com

8/29/2013 Northern Sun News | KFAI
http://kfai.org/node/38051

Leo Santa Cruz knocks out Victor Terrazas

August 25, 2013

Leo Santa Cruz destroyed Victor Terrazas in Round 3 by knocking him out to capture the WBC Super Bantamweight belt.
Leo Santa Cruz nicknamed, El Terremoto, which means Earthquake in Spanish, delivered a 8.5 “terremoto” that shook the Stub Hub Center last night with jubilation.
Santa Cruz is just an exciting all action fighter who pleases fans with his aggressive style. Expect to see Santa Cruz moving up in weight next year to fight in the Featherweight division.

Jhonny Gonzalez pulls upset of the year by knocking out Abner Mares

August 25, 2013

The boxing community is still buzzing over last night’s fight between Abner Mares and Jhonny Gonzalez.

Gonzalez caught Mares with a left hook and Mares never recovered after that huge blow. Jhonny did what any good fighter would do and that is finish him off and he did that.

The crushing 1st round knock out is the leading upset of the year fight candidate in what has been an amazing year for Boxing.

Few people know that Nacho Beristain trained Mares earlier in his career and Jhonny Gonzalez used Abner as a sparring partner when he was getting ready for his Vasquez fight couple years ago. I think that having Beristain in Gonzalez corner and with the the knowledge of his previous sparring sessions, Gonzalez had the edge on Mares. But, no boxing fan saw this coming. Many fans thought the fight was not going to go the distance but no one expected Mares to be on the losing end of this.

This fight also demonstrated that the “triangle theory” in boxing doesn’t work. Jhonny Gonzalez previously held the belt until he lost it in a TKO by Daniel Ponce de Leon. Abner Mares knocked out Ponce de Leon in May to capture the belt. The triangle theory would give Mares the edge given the fact that Ponce de Leon beat Gonzalez and Mares destroyed Ponce. But, fights are won on the ring and not on theories. With that said, Gonzalez shocked the world by destroying Abner Mares.

Jhonny Gonzalez is a class world champion. He quickly went over and gave Mares a hug and gave praised to Mares during his post fight interview. Mares also did a great job by stating that he was in the sport not to protect his undefeated record but to take on the biggest fights of his career. You have to respect a fighter with that mentality.

Mares will bounce back. He still has a great future ahead of him. Will their be an immediate rematch? We don’t know. But, we can be sure that a Gonzalez vs Mares 2 fight will be a fight that the boxing community would want to see.

Pictures of Dodgers vs Red Sox game-8-23-13

August 24, 2013

Mexico vs Chile Women’s Homeless World Cup Final 2013

August 18, 2013

Mexico was looking to defend its cup against a great Chilean team. The beautiful thing about Homeless World Cup is that at the end of the day, everyone is a winner.

For a lot of these women, who come from difficult life situations just to be representing their country in another country, is amazing.

Homeless World Cup is a movement that has used Sports, in this case, Soccer, to be a vehicle for social change. Soccer is a language that everyone understands and that is why its beautiful to see these games being played.
To learn more about the movement go to:
http://www.homelessworldcup.org

Now, check out the women’s homeless world cup final to see who won. By the way, As a Mexican, I have emotional ties to both teams. I lived for two years in Chile so I hold a special space in my heart to this amazing country who made me fall in love with Salvador Allende, Violeta Parra, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda and Victor Jara. In my book, they both are champions!

Brazil vs Mexico Homeless World Cup Final 2013

August 18, 2013

I was fortunate to attend last year’s 10th annual Homeless World Cup in Mexico City. Last year, the final was between Mexico and Chile. Chile won. This year, in Poznan, Poland, will be a great final match between two great teams. When Mexico and Brazil play, you can be sure that it will be an amazing game.

Check out the game to see the amazing final between these two teams. I will just say this. It took Penalty kicks for the team to win. Find out how they got to PKs.

MLB Needs To Retire Roberto Clemente’s Number

August 18, 2013

MLB Needs To Retire Roberto Clemente's Number

Today is Roberto Clemente’s birthday. He would have been 79 years old today. Roberto was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. At an early age, Roberto started playing baseball. In 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers offered him a contract to play for their Triple-A team, the Montreal Royals. While with the Royals, Roberto didn’t play that much. He was often bench. Some say that the Dodgers were trying to guard him from the Rookie Draft of 1954. But, Clyde Sukeforth, a baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates observed that Clemente was being bench and encouraged the Pirates to draft him. On November 22, 1954, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Roberto Clemente in the Rookie Draft.

Roberto Clemente made his major league debut on April 17, 1955 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He didn’t do well in his rookie season due to being involved in a car accident midway thru the season. Roberto Clemente really exploded with the Pirates in the 1960s. He led the Pirates to a World Series victory over the Yankees in 1960. Clemente led the National League in Batting in 1961, 1964, 1965 and 1967. He was the Most Valuable Player in 1966. He received numerous Gold Glove awards throughout the 60s for his outstanding defense. Clemente had a canon of an arm. He could throw a guy out at third base or home plate from right field. Players knew not to run on Clemente. He was one of the most amazing players to watch. He helped the Pirates win a second World Series in 1971 when the Pirates beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in seven games. He was named World Series MVP after hitting .414 and hitting a solo home run in the Pirates 2-1 victory in game 7 of the World Series.

Roberto Clemente struggled with injuries and in 1972 he only played in 102 games but ended batting .312 in the season. Roberto collected his 3,000 hit, a double of the Mets’ Jon Matlack in front of the Pittsburgh Pirates fans at Three Rivers Stadium. That would end up being his last hit in the major leagues.

Roberto Clemente was not an ordinary baseball player. He used the diamond to expressed one of his many gifts. Clemente was a great soul. He cared for the most marginalized. He demonstrated tremendous compassion to the poor. Following the 1972 season, there was a catastrophic earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua. Upon realizing that some of the aid that he had previously sent to Nicaragua was not reaching those affected by the earthquake but intercepted by the Somoza government, Roberto Clemente boarded a small airplane that was taking aid packages to the victims. The plane left from Puerto Rico on December 31, 1972 but mechanical problems forced the plane to crash into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Everyone from the Pirates attended Clemente’s memorial except his close friend and teammate, catcher, Manny Sanguillen, who decided to jump into the ocean in hopes of finding Roberto’s body. Roberto Clemente’s body was never found.

Roberto Clemente was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973, becoming the first Latino to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Roberto was an amazing man. It takes a special man to go out of his way and coordinate emergency relief for victims of an earthquake in another country. Not only did Clemente orgazined relief funds but he put his family aside to personally go to Nicaragua and deliver the aid to the victims.

Major League Baseball (MLB) owes a lot to Roberto Clemente. I know that they have an award name after him for players who best follow Clemente’s humanitarian work but the award is not enough. It is time that Bud Selig, the commissioner of Baseball pays tribute to Clemente just the same way he did to Jackie Robinson. It is time for Clemente’s number 21 to be retired by all major league teams. Having his number 21 retired will send a powerful message that MLB truly honors and respects Clemente’s humanitarian work.

As a Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente fan, I think its only fair that 21 and 42 be the only numbers to be retired by all teams. Having 21 retired paves the way for MLB to have Roberto Clemente Days’ to be celebrated on August 18th as days where MLB will partner up with local community organizations and sponsor an organization that is doing amazing work on issues impacting that baseball’s town. In Los Angeles, it could be a grassroots organization working to end homelessness. In San Francisco, it could be an organization that advocates for equality when it comes to same sex marriages. In New York, it could be an organization that advocates for equal distribution of wealth and holds Wall Street thugs accountable to pay their share of taxes. In Pittsburgh, it could be an organization that brings awareness to the health conditions of the miners in Pennsylvania. If Major League Baseball had Roberto Clemente Days’ on August 18th, we will once again be demonstrating that Sports serves as a vehicle to address social issues that are not only impacting communities but putting the spotlight on community organizations who are making a difference in the lives of many Americans.

May we continue to keep Clemente’s legacy and spirit alive by living our lives for the greater good of others. Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Roberto Clemente lived by that quote. More importantly, he lived by his own quote, “If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth,”

Happy Birthday, Roberto Clemente.

August 18, 2013

Happy Birthday, Roberto Clemente.

Happy 79th birthday to the greatest Latino baseball player in Major League History. Here is my 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates jersey of Clemente.
May we continue to carry Roberto Clemente’s legacy of reaching out to those in need wherever we go.
Roberto Clemente…PRESENTE!
AHORA…Y…SIEMPRE!!!

Pictures of Dodgers vs Mets during my visit to CitiField

August 14, 2013

These are some of the pictures I took when I visited CitiField back in April, when the Dodgers were in town. My love for the Dodgers is so big that the main reason I went to New York was so that my friend Lex and I could see the Dodgers play the Mets.

The first game I went with my friends was the day that Ted Lilly pitch. It was a great game until the Mets won the game with a walk off Grand Slam. You can only imagine how I felt. I must say that the Mets fans were respectful towards me and didn’t make a big deal out of it. They were just excited to see a walk off Grand Slam.

The next game was a day game and Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound. That was a beautiful game. It was nice to see South Koreans in New York showing Ryu some love. I was able to watch the last 5 innings 25 ft away from the Mets dugout.

I am lucky to have witness Ryu’s two games against the Mets this season. Crazy how couple of months can change things. Back in April and May the Dodgers were not playing well and it appeared everyone was landing on the DL. Now, the Dodgers are the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

I am a passionate Dodgers fan who bleeds Dodger blue and is excited that this team is playing to its potential. Go Dodgers!

Pictures of Dodgers vs Mets-8/13/13

August 14, 2013

The Dodgers are playing amazing baseball during this time! Not even Matt Harvey can stop this team! The atmosphere at Dodger Stadium was electric! Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a beautiful game last night. After giving up that solo home run to Lagares, Ryu was in cruise control. With 7 strong innings, Belisario working the 8th and Jensen getting another save, Ryu is now 12-3 on the season.

The beautiful thing about the Dodgers 6 game winning streak is that every night is a different player stepping up big time. Nick Punto has been doing a great job the past two night. Juan Uribe, AGon, Puig, Skip Schumaker, Mark Ellis, AJ Ellis and the pitching of Belisario and Jensen has been amazing.

Let’s hope tonight we can make it 7 in a row and sweep the Mets.