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English instructor hired
In a newly created position, the Orioles hired Rosie Santizo as instructor of English and cultural literacy. She will assist in the education of Latin American players in the organization.
Santizo spent the past two seasons as the Red Sox's Latin prospect education coordinator.
"She taught players in the Dominican how life was going to be with language and culture in our country," said Doc Rodgers, director of minor league operations. "As many obstacles as you can remove from a talented player, the better chance you have of him meeting his potential."
:clap2: Very good move.
Getting Vlad the Great would be another very good move! :D
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Saturday, December 9, 2006
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Sorry I stopped writing, I guess things with my work with the Orioles kept me so busy, and I was enjoying every moment of my life so much, that I just never took the time to document the experience because I was so into living it. I really had a wonderful and amazing time with this team. It was the best to date. Everything just came together there, from my living situation to my day to day duties, to my coworkers to everything. I have to say though that I have loved all of my coworkers and colleagues of each team I have had the blessing to work for. Everyone, the groundskeepers, the coaches, the trainers, public relations, the executives, the players, administrative, everyone, has just been so great to work with and know and I miss everyone of them. At any rate, there is so much to share about all of my work experiences in baseball and too little time. Now what is taking up every second of my life is homework and studying. I am trying to finish up my course requirements to get into the university for this winter. I am finally going to finish with school. That is something I haven't been able to wrap up because of my work in baseball. Last year the Mariners had me back working with their Latino major league talent. It went so great too. But for now I am actually not working in baseball for the first time since I was 15. I am just focusing on school. I miss working with the teams, but I am looking forward to be a university graduate and start forming a family. I definitely am thinking of going back to the game, and will prepare myself and my goals academically and mentally for that possibility, it all just depends on what God has planned for me once I get my degrees. I may also end up going in a different direction, as my knowlege of Arabic will open doors to a whole new world of opportunity. I am majoring in international business and Arabic and will go for my master's in law. That's all from me now as it is very late and I've got to get some rest for more studying tomorrow. Oh yeah, by the way, I am in California now and I'm doing some acting on the side of my studies. You can see my web site at www.rosiesantizo.com
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Rosie - I saw Dernier last week in Venezuela. He threw well enough that I
am trying to get him a tourist visa to come to Ft. Myers during spring
training. I don't want to use one of our 42 visa slots at this time, but if
we can get him a visa somehow the plan would be to bring him to Ft. Myers
sometime during ST and let him stay through Extended ST and then make an
From: Rosie Carolina Santizo [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 2:43 PM
Hi Ben, thanks for the message. I hope you are doing well. If there is a
graduation ceremony this year in ST, I hope you´ll be able to attend it.
Winter went great. Looking forward to ST. Have you known anything about
Dernier Orozco? Did he work out as a pitcher? ttfnªRosie
Friday, September 2, 2005
One day Yuniesky brought in a team memorandum that was left in his locker. In class, he skimmed through it and underlined all the words he now knew. He even read the first sentence and translated it without any help, except for the term “to head out,” which I explained is another way to say “to go out.” He was surprised with the amount of words he identified and went over the memo and attempting to gather the meaning from it. He was excited to be able to look at the memo again after going over it again and learning just a few new vocabulary words that it was telling him about the season ticket holders coming in early to watch batting practice. He later commented that after that, memos no longer seem so intimidating and impossible to comprehend. Through this lesson I was teaching him how to read for meaning instead of just trying to understand every single word which can be a daunting task.
He demonstrates courtesy more and more in his English as well. He likes the phrase, “after you.” Where he used to say “okay” when someone asked him for something, he now prefers to say “sure!” or “of course!”
In our daily baseball talks, he has learned to talk about his game using complete phrases vs. just words when he started out. For example, in the beginning, he would say “one pitch, fly, center field.” Now he can say, “First inning and first at bat, second pitch, fly to centerfield.” He can also talk about his goals in the game. In his journal in the lessons he wrote “I want to hit my first home run this season tonight.” He also wrote “Wait for my pitch.” That night he hit a double to deep left field that almost left the park.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
I am very pleased with the progress of all of the international players, and this is a result of the effort we made together as an organization. Just as I teach the players in the class the phrase; “(TEAM) Together Everyone Achieves More.”
Everyone from the trainers to members of the front office staff contributed to the education of the players. This is the secret to the effectiveness and dynamic of the education program. As a team, we helped the players to make the connection with the lessons to the real-life contexts from ordering food to taking instruction from a coach.
The players’ level of enthusiasm for learning throughout the year was consistent and strong. In fact, even on my last day at of the season, at the rookie league team, I witnessed Franklin Lucas, one of the beginning students, putting his English to use with his American teammates. The most inspiring part of it all was that the American teammates even taught him new phrases and encouraged him while they chatted.
This is just one example of what I have seen us accomplish together this year. We are all teachers. I may be the instructor, but we as a part of the Orioles can contribute as those players did, to speeding up their progress and helping the International players to make a smooth transition to a new culture.
The positive results we saw just in the first season not only come from my work, but from the players’ dedication and others who motivated me to strive to be the best teacher I can be, and those who cooperated with the players from their positions within the organization.
The perfect foundation was established for what the education to the international players can become and how much it will contribute to the success of the players in the states. I look forward to the next opportunity we will have to achieve an even higher level of success for the team.
Rosie Santizo, Instructor of English & Cultural Literacy
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
I am getting ready for my classes right now. I have the beginner and the advanced class tonight. Those two groups are coming along. The literacy class is really tough. It would be easier if there was one or two players with literacy issues, but it's a group. So it's hard to make a lot of progress in a short amount of time. I hope I'll be able to set up a couple of them with literacy tutors wherever they end up. It shouldn't be that difficult. I am beginning to feel a bit drained. But I keep pressing on. I look forward to going back to Seattle for a couple days before I head off to the D.R.. I hope I'll be able to score a frequent flyer ticket to the D.R. otherwise it will be pretty steep. I gotta tell my boss of my plans soon as well. Have a great day.
Saturday, March 20, 2004
Hi Journal! Long time no write! I have been pretty busy this winter! My Orioles job is so demanding, but it is so incredible. All of the students are awesome and I'm learning so much about baseball in my work as well. It's very exciting!
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Friday, October 31, 2003
Good morning yall. I am a little nervous because my midterm is next tuesday. Yikes!! But I am confident I'll do okay. I'm just so busy this week I don't know how I'll be able to fit in all my studying! Man.. But God will provide a way. He always does. He knows my needs. I'm moving this weekend, shopping for my trip to Baltimore and D.R. and packing my luggage. At least I don't have to work. That's one nice thing. Wednesday was my last day at the office. That's a relief. I got my contract from the Orioles yesterday. They also sent me an Orioles bag and a really good book on character and a CD. Very cool. I'm learning so much already about baseball and I haven't even officially started. God is awesome. I can't wait to begin. I feel ready. This is what I have been waiting for. I bought my video camera on Ebay this week. I can't wait to see it. I better get started on my day! Much love to ya.
Monday, October 27, 2003
From : victor santana
Sent : Monday, October 27, 2003 5:59 AM
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
rosi santizo was my teacher in 2000 when I belong to the boston red sox , she has good actitude in the class. I remember than every day she teaching about english and baseball culture at same time.and about the values like the player is smart for the life and career to be a good player and good person at same time.
from victor santana
From : ambiorix Crespo
Sent : Monday, October 27, 2003 2:46 AM
To : email@example.com
!hello! this is a baseball player of the Roston Red sox i send you this letter to talk about Rosie , and to tell you all what she teached me.
she a perfect teacher if i know how to speak something is for her , is an exellent `person and that team can trust in her because i am shure than she going to do an excellent work .
in the future you will see the change in the team when you see everybody speaking english in the stadium .
could you do me a favor give her the change for what that team can see the progress of have a teacher like her i did all what i can for to write this letter because i have a lot of time that i dont write somthing .
! i trust in her !
my name is ambiorix crespo feliz bye
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Hey Ya... Can you guess what song I have in my head? haha. Anywayzz.. I just got back from Florida. Sorry I didn't write all week, I was too busy enjoying the moment I guess. My trip to Florida to meet the Orioles organization was awesome. I got the job and the terms are such that I can live with them. So I am very thankful to God for this. It took me a year to come back, but it happened. Persistence pays. And you know, I can't help but think that it had something to do also with that leap of faith I took the day I decided to quit my job. When I arrived in the airport, the farm director picked me up. He was nice. The next morning, one of his assistants took me to the ballpark. He was also very nice. The ballpark is old fashioned, but for me it is my home. Everyone there was so nice, the trainers, the cooks, the players, the staff. I had breakfast with the farm director, and then we had a short meeting in his office and we talked about the needs of the team and how I could address them. Then I got to interview each of the players there to find out what they thought about the current english program. They were all nice kids. So far, I had a great feeling about the team. Doc, the farm director, said i was invited to the team dinner that night at the steakhouse. That was fun. I translated for the guys when they ordered. Doc spoke to the team, and I met the rest of the staff there. It was a great first day. I will tell you about the rest of the week in my next entries.
Thursday, October 16, 2003
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ZUP everyone? My cold is still going strong. I feel miserable. I had to miss yet another day of work. Not a good thing when I am trying to save up for my trip and I just gave my two weeks notice this week. But what can I do? Everything happens for a reason. Anyway, I am very happy because I just talked to the Orioles again. They are sending me to Sarasota to meet the staff and the players!! I am so excited! I will be doing the negotiating over there. This means I'll be missing more work, but if I get this job, then it's all good. We'll see what happens! I gotta keep praying.
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
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Hi pals! I finally got sick. I stayed home from work today. I feel miserable. But I'm also very happy!! I took a leap of faith because I decided to quit my job and put in my two weeks notice, so I can go to the Dom. Rep. this winter whether I've got a set job there or not. But on my way to work yesterday, I called the Orioles for one last try, and I asked them if they would be interested in hiring me at least for just the winter teaching, and they told me they were actually considering me for a more long-term position!! They may be sending me over to Baltimore to meet the personnel! It is not for sure yet, but it is definitely a good sign! And what timing! whoa!! It's so important to live by faith. We'll see what happens tomorrow when I am supposed to speak with them again!! I'll let you know how it goes!! All that persistence and those seeds I have planted this year are beginning to pay off.... I can feel it.
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Time: 7:31:19 PM PDT
Music: Boston vs. Yankees (Game 2)
Hi pals. I'm a little bummed today, because it's getting closer and closer to November, and I still don't have an offer for a teaching job in the D.R.. I don't know what I'll do if I have to sit out another winter. I miss working in baseball so much it hurts, and I really want to apply the program I have worked so hard on developing to a team. I know if they gave me the opportunity it would make a big impact on the ball club. I am waiting to hear word from the Yankees and the Mets still, and there is also another team through my friend at the Mariners that is interested. The Orioles are still a slight possibility as well. I'm hanging on to every bit of hope, just as a team is when it is down by one run in the bottom of the ninth. I'm gonna keep praying. It's been a tough year. I just know something's going to turn around very soon.
Thursday, January 30, 2003
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Another special moment was the time when I took the classes for the first time to a nice restaurant, at the end of the course section, and they all had to order in English. It happened to be Edgar Martinez’s birthday so we celebrated it for him and had them bring out an awesome strawberry cake, and he blew out the candles. The succeeded in spending a complete evening immersed in English.
Some other nice memories were watching some of the players get called up to the next level and seeing them in their nice new uniforms coming out onto the field to play for an even bigger pool of fans, one step closer to reaching their dreams.
Another special moment was the day Jesus Delgado threw 94 for the first time. It was so cool to be able to be there supporting his game.
I was so excited because this year I get to go to Boston for the first time to see the Minor League awards. A lot of my students had won awards.
Another memory comes from class. The time I taught them the song, Stand By Me. It was so cool as one side of the class would sing one line of the song, and the other side would sing the next line. It was so funny and rewarding at the same time.
Another memory comes from the Dominican Republic. It was the last week of the Winter Program, and Juan Gonzalez was at the field doing some practice work. He remembered me from the Mariners, and was nice enough to take interest in what I do, and he arranged to meet each one of my award winning students, and took his photo with each one of them. He also told me that I would make a great player psychologist.
Another cool memory was when Ivan Rodriguez was playing with the Rangers Rookie team on Rehab and two of my students got to pitch to him and got him out! It was cool to see that. I even took a photo of one of my students hitting with Pudge catching behind him.
Another memory was when the scouts in the D.R. took me to a player’s home and I got to be there to see him sign his professional contract with the Boston Red Sox, and I got to talk to him and his parents about what I will be doing for him as an instructor.
Another memory was taking the group of players back to the Dominican Republic.
Another cool memory was going with the students to help them learn to shop for various things. I got them to ask for things and say things in English which always boosts their confidence and empowers them.
I took players also to learn the bank system and banking through a pressentation done by the bank manager for them, as well as teaching them how to send via Western Union on their own.
Wednesday, May 1, 2002
Monday, April 29, 2002
Wednesday, February 6, 2002
Here's a note I saved that Mr. Duquette sent me to give you an idea.
Subject: Re: (no subject)
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2002 1:36 PM
I am glad to hear that you are enjoying the Dominican Republic. The winters
are great down there! I will make plans to attend your ceremony for
graduation from English class when it is planned in spring training.
Nice to hear from you,
Wednesday, January 30, 2002
still mentoring and teaching the young players, and it is going very very
well. I am hopefully graduating Tony Blanco from my class at the end of
SPring Training at the awards ceremony among 6 other players. He is the no. 2 prosptect for the Red Sox right now. I am very proud of all my students they are doing so well. I am looking forward to working in
the states this summer. I will be based in Florida. A couple law firms have already offered me
jobs, just on word of mouth alone. I sat with Leland Maddox, director of player personnel and Jorge Oquendo Latin America scout coordinator of the
Cincinnati Reds on the way back to Miami during the holidays. They are so
nice and we really hit it off. They introduced me to Tom Reich of Reich Katz and Landis too. Leland also had me leave a Christmas message on Ken Griffey Jr.'s phone since we had not been in touch since my art stuff with the Mariners. They
even invited me to sit in on their negotiation meeting with the agent who
helped Livan Hernandez and El duque defect from Cuba. That was very cool,
considering the Reds history with CUban athletes and considering what a
learning opportunity/experience that would be for me. I wasn´t able to go
with them because I had checked luggage, but it was nice of them to invite
me. Anyway, they were really motivating to me. They
told me I should talk to Omar Minaya. I met Omar last year in the Yogi
Berra museum, and briefly discussed about my career goals with him. From what I
remember he was very nice and gave me good advice. He even signed my glove.
I am excited for Spring Training. My representative at the MLBPA (Major League Baseball Players Association), Evan, sent me a large box of baseball cards that I could use for the class. The players LOVE the cards. They are great to use as incentives and class activities. Thanks again for that.
It was really nice that he took the extra effort to
me all those cards all the way to the Dominican Republic. that is very
appreciated. Gotta get to my class.
Tuesday, November 14, 2000
I’m sitting here eating dinner inside the restaurant while watching the San Pedro Estrellas ball game on TV. So far, they’re winning, and if they win, they will be in first place!!!!! I want them to go to Mexico so badly! That would be so awesome if they played there when I was there!!! Oh no! It’s tied 4-4 now!! Luis Garcia is the first student I met here in the Dominican Republic. He has such a mind for baseball. He his like a human baseball statistic machine. My ankles itch so much because of all of the mosquito bites I’m getting here. Ouch.
HI journal. Whoa. Yesterday I learned how to pitch and it was so much fun! I’m losing a lot of weight going working out here. I got a work out yesterday. I am playing tennis on Saturday and Sunday.
Hi journal. Sorry I haven’t written lately. Been very busy. I went to the Malecon and sat under my Almond tree just by coincidence. It was so fun and so beautiful. The stars were out, the bachata was playing in the backgound, the waves were crashing on the shore, it was awesome. I ate a strawberry and chocolate cone, and it was so good. Then a dog came and stole it away. It was so funny.
Hi. It is a day after thanksgiving. It was a good thanksgiving because I had a lot to be thankful for and a big family to share it with. In class every body said what they were thankful for in English. It was so cool. Some even said they’re thankful for their teacher!
Saturday, November 11, 2000
Hi. I love my students. The class was a disaster today. The put us in the room with food in it, and the food was too much of a distraction for everybody. Everyone was talking and staring at the food. It was not the ideal teaching/learning environment. I am starting to develop a list of issues that we must begin to work on in order to get the English program where it should be. One of those is maintaining a sterile learning environment. Righ tnow, we have class in a hotel conference room. The issue is that the air conditioning is broken more often than it's not and the heat can get so bad that it breaks concentration. If the window is opened, all of the mosquitos from the pool area come in and attack the class. The power goes out so often that we have lost a lot of class time because of it. But we are working through these kinks. It is the first time the team has a formal education program so clearlyt there will be things to improve on and problems to solve. This goes for me as a teacher too. It is my first experience teaching the players so I am also learning as I go. The players are showing a lot of progress with the To Be verb in all tenses as well as the baseball terminology.
Hi. Things are going well. My ear hurts, my throat is killing me, but things are going well. All the players are going back to their homes for the weekend. I am eating lunch right now. It is perfect weather out today.
Well, I better get up. I need to go to the Iberia market. Hey, how did this computer know that Iberia is a word?? It normally highlights in red the words it does not recognize in its dictionary. Whoa. Weird. I have a majorly bad cough. It is killing me. I would take Nyquil but then I get sleepy. I wish my throat would stop bothering me. Grrr. Ttfn!
HI journal. I got bitten some more by the mosquitos. I think I am becoming immune to them by now. Hahaha. My grandma just called. It was so god to hear her voice. She is very happy for me.
Sunday, November 5, 2000
I went to Hiroshima camp today, and had a wonderful time again. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy watching the players play. It is really cool to see. It even helps me see what to incorporate in the class lessons.
Saturday, November 4, 2000
HI journal. It is almost 1:00 in the morning. I just came back from downtown San Pedro. I went with Margarita on her last night in teh Dominican Republic to the winter league game and a night on the town. The Estrellas won again! They’re doing great!!! I have no idea what the future holds for me. I just know that God has a great life in store for me. I already have been given such a blessed life. I need to go to the Libreria tomorrow morning to buy some dry erase markers. Well good night again.
Tuesday, October 31, 2000
I will be teaching them how to do a pitching chart soon as well, because many of them don’t know how to do that. I will also work on commands tomorrow. I am teaching English to Andres Galarraga’s nephew. He’s really funny. When I had them write what their dislikes were, he put down SUNDAY!! And he went on to explain why. So tomorrow, I am going to have them discuss what they wrote down at the beginning of class tomorrow. I am going to collect them from them tomorrow and grade them. I discussed weather with the advanced class too. I need to bring white out. Can you believe one of the students asked me for it? I will also have the players tell me their forms out loud. I forgot to do that with them. Today I missed breakfast again, because I felt so sick this morning. I went down for lunch and prepared my lesson plan while eating the three meat soup that I keep forgetting the name of. Oh yeah! It's called sancocho. mmmmm! I also had tea and water. The waiters and the rest of the Howard Johnson staff are so nice. I have to take photos of them before I leave. Ygnacio is my favorite employee. I am very concerned because since I still can’t access the internet, so I am falling very behind in school with my onlin courses. Walter is friends with Edgar Renterria and is going to try to set up an interview with him for me. Both Edgar and Walter are from Colombia. I can’t wait to tell my step sisters, who are Colombian as well. Walter was the 2nd player ever to be signed by the Florida Marlins. Margarita also gave out Spanish bibles to all the kids. They loved that. That was so cool of her. I hope I can get caught up on my classes. I’m sure I’ll be able to.
Monday, October 30, 2000
HI again. It is after my first experience with class. It went very well for being the first time. Today I just did an introduction of the class curriculum and myself. The most challenging class to teach surprisingly was the advanced class. They are hard to please, but I hope to get them where they need to be quickly and smoothly so we can work together efficiently. I really need to get creative with them and keep on my toes and a step and a half ahead at all times. I met Felix Maldonado who has worked with the Red Sox for 40 years! He is very nice and is observing my classes. He even offered to help me out with the baseball book I am doing! I think this job will definitely open a lot of doors for me in baseball operations. I can’t wait to be able to use the Internet. I still can’t make calls out from my phone, and it’s been that way since Saturday night pretty much. Since I got here. My students are actually for the most part, very perceptive, understanding, and enthusiastic.
Saturday, October 28, 2000
Monday, September 14, 1998
Baseball Provides Stability, Draws Out Ballgirl's Talents
Seattle Times Staff Reporter
She doesn't so much sit on a stool in front of the Kingdome bullpens as she hovers over one, poised to spring at a moment's notice. Her left hand is covered by a baseball glove garnished by autographs and her artwork. Her legs are dotted with turf burns, a sort of self-imposed occupational hazard.
Usually, the ballgirls blend into the motif of a Mariner home game. But, as Mariner outfielder Shane Monahan says, "You notice her." When she takes the field, fans ringing the stadium abutments offer hands to be slapped. They cry from the stands, "Hey, Rosey!"
See, when Rosey Santizo patrols the baselines, the nights always offer the potential for something extra. Like last month, when she overeagerly dived at and deflected a ground ball, ruled fair, off the bat of Toronto's Craig Grebek. Santizo's plunging exploits have been featured so many times on CNN, ESPN, "This Week in Baseball" and the like that M's employees have taken to calling her, "Airtime."
"She plays that ballgirl position like a shortstop," Mariner first baseman David Segui says.
Santizo, 19, can't help but try giving back to a sport that, along with God, she believes, stayed her during forlorn, sometimes turbulent times. Baseball has had an almost magical presence in her young life. The day the Mariners hired her - Aug. 26, 1995 - is the day the team took possession of first place during its storied pennant drive.
"Baseball has been my stability," Santizo says.
Late in that summer of 1995, Santizo picked up a No. 2 pencil and, without ever having taken an art class, crafted an amazing likeness of Edgar Martinez. During Santizo's two-plus-year quest to catch on with the Mariners, someone sent her a newspaper clipping headlined, "Patience pays for Edgar Martinez." His patience inspired hers.
Now it is effecting something wondrous. Santizo kept drawing. People noticed. Joey Cora requested several pieces for his foundation's charity auction. So did Dave Valle, for his benefit program, Esperanza. Segui has kept Santizo's portrait of Roberto Clemente in his locker-room stall and keeps her portrait of him above the mantle in his home.
Santizo recently was granted licensing from the Major League Baseball Players Association. In an unusual deal, Santizo receives her license in exchange for three autographed pieces of her art per year, plus nine percent of her royalties. Not bad for an artist who still has no formal training.
"I just draw what I see," Santizo says. "It just comes out of my pencil. I have no explanation, other than it's the only way I have to express my love for the game."
Santizo has sold 12 pieces to the Mariners, to be retailed in their Dugout team stores. She has other talents for which there is scant explanation. Santizo has a knack for acting and was cast in a 1996 Reebok commercial for a Shawn Kemp-endorsed sneaker. Mariner broadcaster Rick Rizzs saw Santizo act in a local production on Vashon Island and says, "She stole the show, just like she often steals the show (in the Kingdome)."
Still, Santizo has a grander goal. She traveled avidly to be with her family in Guatemala, where she is from, until she was 12, and became hooked on baseball while listening to games on the radio with her father, who is legally blind. Santizo wants to retain her connection between baseball and her background; a former co-worker sent a job description for supervisor of baseball operations in Latin America, a post she now covets.
The path from ballperson to major-league baseball operative is not an uncharted one. Dave Venneri, the Mariners' regional marketing director, got his start in the organization as a ballboy in 1982.
Pursuing such a path would, for Santizo, mean taking college courses and working in the Mariner front office during the day, while ballgirling and working customer service for the M's at night. Throw in Rosey Art, her portrait business, and an impending Rosey the Ballgirl Web site. And, oh yeah, Santizo still wants to act and model and play tennis.
As Tom DeVries, a science teacher at Vashon Island High, once wrote in a letter of recommendation for Santizo, "She seems intent on squeezing several lifetimes out of one."
On nights she was scheduled to protect the Kingdome bullpens, Santizo reported to work 2 1/2 hours before game time. Part of arriving so early was to accommodate a routine. Most of it was because she simply couldn't wait to get started.
A good 45 minutes until the opening pitch, Santizo already had her glove and wristbands out, resting on a pair of stools. She was ready, even if the rest of the stadium was not.
"For me, it's so hard not to make an effort," she says. "It's so hard not to just go for it."
Rosey Santizo is speaking of a foul ball. It would be a good metaphor for her life, in general.
Inquiries about Rosey Santizo's art can be made through the Mariners at 206-930-9020, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright (c) 1998 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.
Friday, August 14, 1998
M's Rival Worst Club Of Decade
Seattle Times Staff Reporter
Although the Mariners are closer to first on this date than they were in 1995, there will be no miracles this time. Not the way this team is carrying on............
Mariner pitchers, mostly the relievers, have allowed some big innings during that span, including two four-run innings last night. Mariner arms allowed a team-record seven home runs last night as the Blue Jays ran their run total against Seattle to 34 in the past three games.
"It got ugly," Manager Lou Piniella said. "The last three times we played this team, we've made them look like the '27 Yankees."........
If left fielder Shane Monahan hadn't made a terrific diving catch in the fourth inning, the Jays would have scored two or three more runs. He laid almost level to snag a two-on, two-out liner by Darrin Fletcher.
"You get kind of spoiled playing next to Junior (Ken Griffey Jr.) out there," Monahan said. "He covers so much ground. He's the best outfielder in the game, covering gap to gap."
But when it was clear Griffey wasn't going to get there, Monahan took charge. "I got a decent jump, I made the catch and that was it."
In terms of dives, however, his could not compare to the one by Rosie Santizo of Bellevue, a ballgirl on the left-field line. Santizo was at her station in the second inning when Craig Grebeck bounced a would-be double past third baseman Russ Davis.
Umpire Chuck Meriwether immediately called it a fair ball, but Rosie was after it, believing it was a foul ball, as it whizzed down the line, to quick for her to catch the umpire's call out of the corner of her eye. She made a desperate lunge to stop it, landing on her nose, but the ball squeezed past. Meriwether called interference and ruled a double for Grebeck, which would otherwise have been an easy triple.
"The ballgirl definitely had the best dive tonight," Monahan said. "I've never seen that from anyone like that. She had the wrist bands on tonight. She was ready to play."
Jose Cruz Jr., who had one of the seven home runs against his former team, said of Rosie's attempt, "Oh my God. That was the best play of the game."
Afterward, Santizo could be seen holding her hand to her face, embarrassed by her sudden notoriety.
In a game the Mariners would like to forget, Rosie's dive will live on forever on someone's video highlight reel.
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