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Happy 80th Birthday, Roberto Clemente!

August 18, 2014

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Happy 80th Birthday to Roberto Clemente! As a baseball and Dodgers fan, Roberto Clemente is one of my all time heroes. This is what I wrote about Clemente last year, so will include it below in addition to couple videos on the pride of Puerto Rico. Enjoy!

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,”

Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez Pre Fight Analysis

June 7, 2014

The time has arrived! Tonight at the Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto will try to make history by becoming the first Boricua to win titles in four different weight classes. Standing in his way is Middleweight Champion, Sergio Martinez. This fight has the potential of becoming a Fight of the Year candidate. Let’s look at the keys to victory for both fighters:

Miguel Cotto is entering his second fight under Freddie Roach. Many in the Boxing community feel that Cotto took this fight because he feels he can capitalized on Martinez knee problems. Is this fight a little bit to late or is it happening just in time? As a fan, I give Cotto a lot of credit for trying to make history by fighting one of the best middleweights in Sergio Martinez. This is clearly a much difficult path than other boxers have used to make history. A case in point is Manny Pacquiao. When he won his “8th Division title,” he fought at a catch weight of 150lb vs Margarito, a belt that was practically given to Manny.

Cotto to come victorious tonight has to make it a rough fight. Cotto is gonna have to try to box from the inside and pound the body using his vicious left hook to the body. He cannot allow Martinez to get into a rhythm earlier in the fight. A fighter like Martinez, one is going to have to cut the ring, and work the body. The ability to cut the ring and slow your opponent down by pounding the body will show its results towards the later rounds. 

Another interesting point to look into is Cotto’s conditioning. Cotto has been known to get tired during the late rounds. Will his condition and the extra weight hold on or will it be too much for Cotto?

I expect Cotto to start strong and make this fight an aggressive fight. Working inside, trying to pound the body and putting pressure on Martinez to test his knees. If Cotto can let his hands go and attack the body and make Martinez uncomfortable in the beginning rounds, then Puerto Ricans will have something to celebrate way before the Puerto Rican Parade.

For Martinez to become victorious, he has to be very smart and use his ring IQ. His style of fighting with his hands low, I don’t know if that is going to work with Cotto. He has to keep his hands up and box from the outside. Martinez needs to establish control from the beginning and make Cotto uncomfortable. He cannot allow Cotto to work inside and attack his body. 

Martinez needs to use his quick jabs and box Cotto around. If we see the Martinez that fought Chavez for 11 rounds and out boxed him then Cotto will have a long night. If Martinez knee is fully healed and does not present any problems then one can expect Martinez to get comfortable in the ring and try to outbox Cotto. 

Roach has predicted a knock out in 4 rounds. Martinez has predicted a knock out in 9 rounds. If a knock out comes, I see it happening between round 7-11 for either boxer but most likely by Martinez.

My prediction is that the first couple of rounds will be interesting with the second half seeing Martinez make adjustments and winning via decision. Let us hope that the judges don’t steal the spotlight and give the fight to the winner via a questionable scoring. I would hate to see a judge score the fight for Cotto or Martinez simply because of their name and not necessarily because of the work they did inside the ring. So let’s enjoy a great night of Boxing and hope there is no robbery and may the best fighter win.

This Video Will Make You Laugh Out Loud, GUARANTEED!

April 30, 2014

Jimmy Fallon and Robinson Cano performed a classic psychological study with this hilarious prank. Look at how people’s behavior changes when the Cano that they are booing suddenly appears in front of them. The reaction from those Yankees fans is too funny!
This also shows us that many times people are brave enough to act one way towards another person when that person is not around then all of a sudden change their tone and demeanor when they are faced with that person.

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,”

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.

Pictures from Dodgers vs Mets game-8/12/13

August 13, 2013

Pictures of Dodgers vs Yankees Game-7-31-13

August 1, 2013

Pregame Pictures of Dodges vs Yankees Game-7-31-13

August 1, 2013

Vin Scully & Dodgers Honor Mariano Rivera

August 1, 2013