Tag Archives: World Series

The Road to Glory

World Series, Game 1. 50 degrees and cloudy by Lake Erie. I wish they’d start at least one Fall Classic matchup before 8:00 pm. I bet the fans in Cleveland and Chicago do, too. The only Venezuelan news of note … 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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Valencia: Small Coffee, to Go

Strike up a conversation with a big styrofoam hat, and chances are you’ll get a story. Thus it is with Iris Maluenga and her son, Cheo, in the corridors of Jose Bernardo Perez Stadium in Valencia, on this November Friday night. Iris is … 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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Arise Black Eagle, Arise

I saw the Michael Keaton film “Birdman” last night, so forgive me if I have bird-on-the-brain today. The late, great Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy was a rare bird in 1950s Ireland: a black boy in a sea of white faces. … Continue reading

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Live from Japan! The VZ All-Stars Go East, Young Man

Back in my day, it was hip for rock and rollers to make live albums at Japan’s famous Budokan Theater. Once the Beatles broke ground in the once-sacrosanct martial arts facility, everyone played there—and made live recordings. Deep Purple. Cheap … Continue reading

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A Royal Third: Venezuelans Dominate Game 4 (and the World Series)

It’s a good World Series, isn’t it? In New York, it’s not getting a lot of interest, but the locals have moved on to their mediocre hockey, basketball and football teams. Game 1 was a rout, and I must admit I … Continue reading

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