Monthly Archives: November 2014

Luis Sojo, We Hardly Knew Ye

Luis Sojo was one of the great contact hitters in the history of Venezuelan baseball, with more than 1,500 career hits over 21 seasons for the Cardenales de Lara. But last night, the Tigres de Aragua, for whom The Great … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving, Orlando Arcia

The taxi drives past a pet store on Avenida Cedeño, bright yellow canaries and parakeets inside, brown sparrows alighting outside. I consider the old poem; I know why the caged bird sings. Am I outside looking in, or the other … Continue reading

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Maracay: the Road to Nowhere?

On the highway between Caracas and Maracay stands an imcomplete and rusting train track, at some junctures the concrete stanchions unconnected to each other. No high-speed rail will connect the capital and Aragua state any time soon; the money is … Continue reading

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Land of the Dollar, Home of Los Bravos

Hey folks, thanks to all my amigos here in Caracas for welcoming me to Venezuela. I even got to play some tennis yesterday, and didn´t pull any muscles (that I´m aware of). Friday night was my first game on the … Continue reading

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Papillon Lives

I discovered a world, a people, a civilization totally unknown to me. Those first minutes on Venezuelan soil were so moving, it would take a talent far greater than mine to describe the warm welcome we received from those generous … Continue reading

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The Other Abreu

Sometimes, we only get one side of the story. That’ s unfortunate. Venezuela’s reputation has suffered in recent years; violence, food shortages, and a country torn in two by political differences. It’s sad to watch. What we don’t often see … Continue reading

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Dome by Dome, Little Man Conquers Japan; Yangervis Not Nervous at All

The MLB All-Stars didn’t exactly light up Japan in the first three official games of the Japan Series. Shut out in Osaka; no-hit in Tokyo. And they lost a 12-run game in between. At some point, personal pride, or perhaps … Continue reading

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