Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014: Highs and Lows, Dramático Final!

2014 has been an amazing year for me, filled with ups and downs. The most emotional year of my life, certainly, filled with heart-rending loss and incredible, mind-searing highs. One steady companion has been this blog– my need to write … Continue reading

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Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas

Dear Readers, Thanks for all your support and energy this year. In the words of Jesus (Lezama, Venezuela’s oldest baseball fan), “I love you.” More posts soon on the exciting conclusion of the Liga Venezolana as three teams vie for … Continue reading

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Two of a Kind: Salazar, Guillen and the Ghosts of Baseball Past

In Venezuela, when an opposing runner reaches first base, the public address system exhorts the home fans to chant a very English-sounding refrain: Do-Blay Play! Do-Blay Play! Yesterday, sitting around the proverbial office water cooler, I had a conversation with a … Continue reading

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Hot Stove Talk in a Cold, Cold Place

Hi Readers, Before I get any further into the movement of VZ players around the Major Leagues and the winter league, I must thank everyone who helped on my recent two-week trip to Venezuela. It was my third trip to the … Continue reading

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JESÚS Loves Me, Yes I Know: Last Night in Caracas

The beginning and the end. The alpha and the omega. Old friends and new aquaintences.  A steamy Saturday night in Caracas with a frigid Monday morning awaiting me in New York. So we reach the end of this two-week chapter … Continue reading

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Bob Abreu: the Lion in Winter

Two years ago Bob Abreu ate himself out of a Major League job. He returned with Leones of Caracas in 2013-14, enough to get him a spot on the New York Mets roster, where he acted as mentor to young Valenciano … Continue reading

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A Hall of Fame, A Life Well Lived

To view Carlos Daniel Cardenas’ life as a tragedy would be missing the point. It’s not how long you live, but how much. To live only 20 years, but to fulfil one’s passion–that truly is living. In Carlos Daniel’s name … Continue reading

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