Hi guys its been awhile since my last entry and I apologize to all of you. Currently the Tigres are two games out of first place. This league is very tough and everyone beats up on each other. At one point this season we won nine games in a row and didn’t seem to gain any ground in the standings. Then we follow that streak up with a six game losing streak and somehow stay within the top four teams. The key for us in December is to stay positive and get as many wins we can so that we can lock up a spot for the playoffs. The playoffs are a round robin style format with five of the eight teams in the league qualifying. They also have a four round draft for the qualifying teams to choose players from the non qualifying teams. If last nights close game against Magallanes is anything like a playoff atmosphere I’m really excited for the playoffs. I can not explain how passionate the fans and players are for this game. We ended up losing 3-2. It was a great game and came down to the bottom of the 9th, but we just ran out of outs.
I have been wanting to post new videos and pictures, but my phones camera has stopped working. Also the internet at the hotel has been sketchy. I’ll try to get the videos and photos up when I head back to the US this weekend for a friends wedding. I’ll be back in Venezuela on Tuesday.
A bunch of our teammates recently got signed. Wifredo Ledezma signed with the Dodgers, Luis Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte both signed with the Rangers, Darin Downs with the Tigers, Vinnie Rottino the Mets, and Victor Moreno with a team in Mexico. And finally Lastings Milledge has signed with the Japanese Professional baseball league with the Tokyo Swallows.
This past week in Aragua was a huge music festival. Everyday during the week there was a concert that went on all day and night. Some of the artists that were in attendance were Wisin y Yandel, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Enrique Iglesias. The concert took place at the soccer stadium directly next to our field. The traffic to and from the field was no bueno.
Game tonight in Caracas against the Leones. Ariba Los Tigres!
I have been in Mexico now for 5 days and have been a part of some very interesting situations. In my third game here we were playing Obregon and got into a heated argument with a player who stole a base late in the game up by 6 runs. There is an unwritten rule in baseball where that is frowned upon in many places. Our players did not take well to them doing this and an all out brawl took place on the field. Here are two different links from the footage.
Luckily I don’t believe anyone was seriously hurt, but for a moment it got extremely ugly. Fans were throwing beer and bottles onto the field. I was even surprised we were able to finish the game without any other issues.
Last night while I was sleeping I experienced my first earthquake. Reggie Abercrombie called my room around 3am and asked if I had heard something in the middle of the night. Being dead asleep I had no idea what he was talking about. But as I went to hang up the phone I heard the coffee pot come crashing down to the floor. The room was rumbling as the walls were too.
The culture down here is very pleasant. The players are very soft spoken and their spanish is much easier to understand than VZ or DR players. The food inside the stadium is amazing. After BP I always find myself roaming the grandstands to try something new from the vendors. Fernando Valenzuela is one of our coaches, which is an amazing honor to be in the same dugout as him. I hope to pick his brain about anything with my time down here.
In the Mexican league they play two halves that split up the season. The playoffs also work off a point system dependent on how you finish each half. We are in the hunt to make the playoffs, but just need to win as many as we can down the stretch. Hopefully we can put ourselves in a seat to make a push and play into January.
Shoe of the day: Jordan XI Cool Grey
Please comment, rate, ask questions…thanks for the support My internet is suspect down here but I hope to get more pictures and videos up here or through my twitter account