The star of Mexico in the World Cup who fled from Cuba

The World Baseball Classic, which comes to an end tonight with the title match between the United States and Japan, It has turned out to be a success despite doubts. Leaving great audience data, the most important baseball tournament by country has brought together a good handful of stars. One of the most outstanding, Randy Arozarena, also has a unique story.

Born in Cuba 28 years ago, he outfielder started playing in his native country charging four dollars a month. When he had to travel to Puerto Rico to compete, the Cuban authorities prevented him from doing so, fearing that he would defect. Faced with the difficult situation he was facing, Arozarena arrived in Mexico illegally in 2016, through a boat, and there he sought his life. After going through several teams, in 2017 he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals of the MLB for 1.25 million. In 2020 he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays and exploded in the playoffs by leading his team to the World Series. A star was born.

In debt to Mexico, where his entire family now lives, Randy publicly asked Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the country’s president, to grant him nationality. “I only ask for one favor, give me nationality… do me that favor to represent Mexico in the World Classic, that’s all I want”, Arozarena said on his social networks to an AMLO who has now surrendered to the Cuban.

Your request worked, and Arozarena has fulfilled his dream of representing Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. In the tournament, the outfielder has also been the star of the Central American country: eight runs, nine hits (six doubles), one home run, nine RBI, six walks, the decisive play in defense to win in the quarterfinals. .. Mexico lost last night in the semifinals against Japan, but it already has a new idol.

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