The initiative organized by FENAPEPRO and the David Ortiz Foundation showed the best side of Dominican baseball
“Honor, honor”Was a phrase with a lot of meaning of the invention of the Cuban hero Jose Marti. This involves the fact that paying a tribute to those who have earned it, enhances one’s figure and that is something that so much David ortiz as the National Federation of Professional Baseball Players of the Dominican Republic (FENAPRO) achieved with the celebration of Legends Day of Dominican baseball.
This was an activity that united the Dominican public with their players, which meant a show of brotherhood between Dominican Republic and Venezuela, but more importantly, that it seeks to enhance the importance of baseball within the Dominican culture.
The charity that raised funds for the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which works with children who need heart operations, showed that, with enough will, baseball is a great catalyst for social change.
See so many historical players gathered, great figures from before, today and some of the stars of the future, both from Dominican Republic like Venezuela, was a reminder that Latino baseball is in good hands. Much better to know that those young people who today consider themselves the faces of baseball are as committed to helping the most deprived as their predecessors, which speaks highly of their human qualities.
Amid laughter, celebrations, hugs and euphoria after a year as complicated as 2020, the activity began, which had a moving tribute to the Dominican players who have died in recent years, culminating with that of Julio Lugo, who died a few weeks ago. His family was on the field and in the midst of tears, they thanked the fans of Dominican baseball for the expressions of appreciation and support, showing once again the ease that the sport has to connect us with each other.
Then there was a speed competition between fans of various teams, followed by the HR Derby of Legends who saw figures of the caliber of David ortiz, Bobby Abreu, Endy Chavez, Carlos Gomez, Starling mars, Melvin mora and others take turns at the batting box.
The best moment of the Derby came when the first player in the history of Dominican Republic to get to Cooperstown, Juan Marichal, was placed in the batter’s box to receive a pitch from the second Dominican to reach the Hall of Fame, Pedro Martinez. Everyone present burst into applause, cheering both former players, as they deserve.
Another sudden surprise was the appearance of another Future member of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame, Adrián Beltré, who in the midst of the ovation of the public was placed on the field of play, after a long absence from the spotlight in his country.
Due to situations like this, due to what this activity meant for a country that during the last two years has been attacked by the effects of the COVID-19, there is no doubt that this activity should continue to occur year after year and expand even more.