Julio Rodríguez has a special request for everyone who feels Dominican at heart. “I want to feel that love and affection from the fans. I am excited to be able to see the stadium full of flags and the people supporting us from the stands,” said Julio Rodríguez during the press conference that took place before practices this Friday at Loandepot Park, home of the Marlins and the headquarters of the first game of the Dominican squad against Venezuela in this World Classic.
Rodríguez already has experience wearing the uniform of his homeland since he was part of the ninth team that won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, in 2021. Now he has another opportunity and the goal is much greater.
“It’s a much bigger moment. I dreamed of representing my country since I was a child. And today I am living the dream together with other ballplayers. The passion of the Dominican players when we come together, it is as if everything were at stake for our country. You can feel the chemistry and the vibe here,” said Rodríguez, who is very proud to respond to the call of the Dominican Republic.
While for the veteran Jean Segura, who is in his second participation in a World Classic, the merriment and emotion dominate him after being on the pitch again with his other teammates.
“This is a very nice event that only takes place every four years. I am very happy to be here, it is a privilege to share a playing field with the stars of the future such as Julio Rodríguez, Juan Soto and Jeremy Peña”, said the veteran who belongs to the Marlins in the Major Leagues.
Segura, who is part of an extremely talented group of infielders, has advised the youngest of this squad to go out on the field and enjoy every moment without pressure and with pride burning in their respective hearts at having the privilege of representing to his land.