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A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans

A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans

A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans 

Cooperstown, NY: You could have easily confused Cooperstown, this quiet village in Otsego County, New York for a small pueblo in Puerto Rico yesterday with the huge number of Puerto Ricans and Latinos that temporarily occupied the village for the induction of Roberto Alomar, a native of Salinas, Puerto Rico.

A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans 

Cooperstown is approximately 230 miles north from New York City. Puerto Rico is approximately 1500 miles South, however, yesterday this village became the medium point for the 3rd Puerto Rican and 10th Latino to be inducted into this prestigious museum.

A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans 

Imagine, out of the thousands of baseball players that have played the game for over one hundred years there are only 205 players inducted. That has to be a very selective Hall of Fame to only have that small number of plaques lining its main gallery located on the first and main floor.

A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans 

This village has an estimated population of 1,852 people according to the 2010 census. I walked half the village as I decided to forgo the long lines for the shuttle-taking people back to Rogers Field where the induction ceremony was to be held. From downtown to out of town was approximately a 10-minute walk. The interesting thing was that everywhere, I mean everywhere I went I saw Puerto Ricans. Boricuas are easy to recognize in events like this because we all distinguish ourselves with the Puerto Rican flag.

A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans 

Cooperstown looked like a mini New York City on the National Puerto Rican day parade. Jerseys, t-shirts, hats, bandanas, you name it. Puerto Rican colors everywhere. It was like if everyone came to Cooperstown not just to cheer Roberto Alomar on, but to also cheer themselves as an island nation that has one of the most interesting and complex diasporas with a majority of its population residing outside of the island.

A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans 

Alomar was the vehicle and the Puerto Rican flag that brings out the pride was the instrument that united so many of us yesterday. I saw friends in Cooperstown from several towns in Puerto Rico that I have not seen in years. I met new friends of all ages through our admiration of our T-shirts. Ours did not have the Puerto Rican flag, instead we had Alomar in that famous shot when he hit that homerun in the 93 World Series and raised his arms up in a sign of victory that gave many back then the same feeling of pride that they felt yesterday.

A Day Of Pride & Joy For Latino Baseball Fans 

I could write a lot more about the wonderful experience we all had in Cooperstown, but I would rather share these pictures with you and let the pictures explain our pride.

Congratulations Roberto Alomar and congratulations to all the Latinos, especially every Puerto Rican from the island and the mainland that gave all of us a beautiful day of unity, even if only for one day.

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Anyone interested in the Alomar HOF t-shirt can purchase one at the Latino Sports Tienda on this site.

About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports Ventures Inc., the parent company of Latinosports.com. Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker was an adjunct professor of American History and presently teaches a volunteer course in a local South Bronx High School on Careers in Sports. His primary goal is to make Latinosports.com a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community. However, if asked he states that his greatest achievement is his children and grand children.
  • Georgina DuBois

    Thank you, Latino Sports for your commitment and dedication to our Latino Sports figures and for making this trip to Cooperstown a reality for our community. You’re the Best!!! :-)

  • Julio

    [quote name=Georgina DuBois]Thank you, Latino Sports for your commitment and dedication to our Latino Sports figures and for making this trip to Cooperstown a reality for our community. You’re the Best!!! :-)[/quote]Thanks Georgina it was a wonderful day trip that everyone enjoyed to the fullest. Thanks for your love & support

  • José

    All I can say is: When is the next event for Latino Sports. You guys are the best. My wife & I had a great time and we had never done this before.

  • ALEX

    THANK YOU LATINO SPORTS I HAD A GREAT TIME!! :D

  • Angel Cartagena

    Thank you Julio Pabon and the Latino Sports family for such a great experience. My younger brother Israel, my cousin Jorge and myself are extremely greatful to have been able to be part of History. Two out of Three Puerto Ricans named Roberto in the Hall of Fame, Now that’s something to be Proud of. Thank you again Julio! Que Dios te siga Bendiciendo Hermano!

  • Alex González

    I really have to recognize Latino Sports fam. & Mr. J. Pabón for organizing this awesom bus trip to Roberto Alomar’s H.O.F. ceremony, It was priceless. The pride that flows through you, just to actually be able to be there @ this great moment. To be able to expirience the way latinos & specially puertorricans like me waiving our flag for Robby was incredible.. Thanks to Latino Sports “No one would’ve done it better”..!

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