Posts Tagged ‘Puerto Rico’

Happy 80th Birthday, Roberto Clemente!

August 18, 2014


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,”

Comandante Filiberto Ojeda Rios…PRESENTE!!!

September 23, 2013

Filiberto Ojeda Rios

Para los desgraciados de la FBI que asesinaron en la forma mas cobarde al Comandante Filiberto Ojeda el 23 de Septiembre del 2005 en Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. Justo ese dia se celebraba el Grito de Lares. Para los yanquis imperialistas, que lo sepan y lo sepan muy claro, mataron al hombre pero no a sus ideas. Por cada revolucionario que asesinan, miles mas nacen. Recordemos al Comandante Filiberto y su lucha por ver un Puerto Rico Libre.
Viva Los Macheteros!!!

El Ultimo Mensaje de Filiberto antes de ser asesinado

Al carajo con el FBI

Esto es un mensaje…
De parte del residente ‘e Calle 13…
Pa’ to’ el gobierno…
Y pa’ to’ los puertorriqueños…
Danny, métele ahí…

Queridos compatriotas…
Abogados, maestros, alcaldes, y chotas
Doctores, bichotes, bomberos, enfermeros
Contables, traqueteros, piragüeros, to’ el mundo entero
Por mi madre que hoy me disfrazo de machetero
Y esta noche voy a ahorcar a diez marineros
Hoy tengo la mano aniquela’ y a mano pela’
Les vo’a dar una pela pa’ que vean que el gas pela
Nuestra bandera la han llena’o de meao
Murió desangra’o, mi gente, que murió desangra’o
Nunca arrodilla’o, lo van a tener que enterrar para’o
Con el machete al la’o
Que se activen La Perla, Lloren, Barbosa
Manuela, Caimito, Vista Hermosa
Covadonga, Camarones, Alturas, Torres Sabanas
Villa Esperanza, Sabana Abajo, Villa Fontana
Gladiolas, Villa Carolina, el pueblo de Trujillo
Las parcelas, San John, Monte Hatillo
Canales, San José, Río Grande, Luquillo
Puerta de Tierra, Santurce, Monasillo
Urbanizaciones, caseríos, el FBI se ha metido en un lío
Están jodidos, se jodio la Casa Blanca
Ahora voy a explotar con estilo
En el nombre de Filiberto Ojeda Ríos
Me tumbaron el pulmón derecho pero todavía respiro
Me voy a los tiros, pero todavía respiro
A los federales con piedras les tiro
Y si no hay piedras pues les tiro con güiro
Con lo que sea, tumbaron al hombre pero no a la idea
A to’ los federales los escupo con diarrea
Me dan nausea, me dan asco
Yo se que estoy perdiendo los cascos
Por culpa de ustedes, jodios brutos
La Calle 13 esta de luto
(Con calma, Compi, hay que ser astuto!) ¡Cállate!
Fucking federales, gandules y guardias estatales
Que no hicieron na’, con las manos cruzadas
Se quedaron mamándose un bicho
Fucking cabron gobierno que permite esto
Chorro ‘e puercos, son todos unos insectos
Y por eso protesto
Protesto por una masacre en Ponce
Protesto por un Cerro Maravilla
Y hasta por un septiembre 11
(Lucha, lucha!)
(Como lucha libre!)
(Por la libre, viva Puerto Rico libre!)
(Hay mucho tiburón en el Caribe!)
(100 x 35 es el calibre!)
(Lucha, lucha!)
(Como lucha libre!)
(Por la libre, viva Puerto Rico libre!)
(Hay mucho tiburón en el Caribe!)
(100 x 35 es el calibre!)

Pa’ explotar a esos cabrones los colmillos
Hay 3.9 millones de cuchillos
Esto es sencillo, se me prendió el bombillo
Lo que hay es que activar a los corillos
En vez de apuntar pa’ los mismos caseríos
Apuntar pa’ arriba, pa’ donde hace frío
Pa’ los del Norte, sin cojones la radio y las ventas
White Lion me dio el pasaporte pa’ tirar este corte

(Lucha, lucha!)
(Como lucha libre!)
(Por la libre, viva Puerto Rico libre!)
(Hay mucho tiburón en el Caribe!)
(100 x 35 es el calibre!)
(Lucha, lucha!)
(Como lucha libre!)
(Por la libre, viva Puerto Rico libre!)
(Hay mucho tiburón en el Caribe!)
(100 x 35 es el calibre!)

Este fue el residente ‘e Calle 13!
Acuérdense de mi nombre!
Porque lo van a tener en las carpetas!
Con to’ el peso de la calle!
Les va a caer la Calle 13 completa!
Pa’ que respeten!
Aquí se respeta o se te espeta!
Se respeta o se te espeta!
Se respeta o se te espeta, puñeta!

Comandante Filiberto Ojeda…PRESENTE!!!

El Corrido de Hector Macho Camacho

November 28, 2012

Aqui esta el corrido de Macho Camacho. Espero que les guste.
Descansa en paz, campeon!