I started out my career in baseball as an intern for the Seattle Mariners at the age of 16. The next season they had ball girl try outs and I made it! I was the new ball snatcher. I made headlines when I became the first ball girl to dive for a foul ball. I was highlighted on FOX's This Week in Baseball, Univision, CBS Day & Date, ESPN, CNN, KIRO's On Deck Show, and other networks and print publications for my plays on the field and for my baseball artwork, which I donate to various charities and got officially licensed for it by the MLBPA at the age of 19. I have my own sport art business and my art has been displayed at the Legends of the Game museum in TX and the Yogi Berra Museum in NY. I worked for the M's for seven seasons and had the opportunity to get to know all of the main departments of the front office from marketing to public relations. I went on to work for the Red Sox in their Dominican Republic baseball academy as their English teacher. Inspired by my work there, I developed and created a complete career development education program for international players called "Keep Your Eyes in the Ball". This program turned the Red Sox into pioneers in the area of international player development in the area of transition to their careers in the states. I teach the players everything including, American laws, life skills, customs, English, baseball terminology, etiquette, money management, basic nutrition, media and fan relations, literacy, and more. I went on to work for the Orioles and was even recruited by the New York Yankees. My title for the Red Sox was coordinator of player education and with the Orioles, international liaison and instructor of english and cultural literacy. I came back home to complete my college education and returned to the Mariners to work with their major league Latin American players, including their new Cuban star, Yuniesky Betancourt. Interestingly, I was Felix Hernandez's brother's teacher with the Orioles as well. Some players you might recognize that were students of mine include; Anibal Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Cabrera, Wilfredo Ledezma, Ed Rogers, Tony Blanco, Eddy Rodriguez, Franklin Francisco, and Jorge De La Rosa.

My Orioles Class Documentary - Part One

My Sports Art

Sunday, November 5, 2000

My first Weekend in the Domincan Republic

I have no idea what date it is, but hopefully I’m right. I haven’t taken my midterms yet because I can’t sign on!!!! I am so frustrated that I just can’t get online!!!! Hmmm. It was so cute yesterday, because the students all thought there was going to be class and they were all in the lobby with their books. I would teach them Saturdays, but I need my time off too. So do they. They can use the weekend to study for the coming week. When I woke up, I thought it was 1 o’clock, but it was actually only 10!!! I don’t know why I thought it was so late! Everybody was just waking up! I got down to the restaurant thinking I’d have to eat lunch, and they were still serving breakfast!!!!! They breakfast buffet was all still very stocked, and there were lots of people eating! I thought to myself, “do they serve breakfast for lunch on Sundays or something?” I became disoriented so I came to the front desk, and I noticed the clock for NY time said 10 am, and I thought to myself, is the clock wrong.” But then I asked Andres, and he said that it was right. I can’t believe that I woke up at like 9:30 and thought it was 1!!!!!! But I guess that is good because it got me in gear to get up. It is such a beautiful day outside today. I love the music here. It’s AWESOME. La Banda Chula!!! Good song. Also there’s a song by Marc Anthony; No Aye Nadie Como Ella. I think I’m going outside. I just hope I don’t get too over heated. I love this music. It plays all day in the malecon and you can hear the tunes on the breeze coming through the hotel. I could never get tired of it. It is awesome here. It was so funny when Yuri asked me about Trash Talking in class!! He thought it totally meant something else! It's funny how idioms can totally be mis understood when you don't know they are idioms. I can’t believe how blessed I was to be able to do this!! I hope this is what God had planned for me. I hope that I’m teaching the right way. I want these kids to learn so badly. I really care about each and every one of them to succeed in life. I see in them their deep desire to make it. And I hope that they will succeed in the path God puts them on. You know what they call the ballpark here in Spanish? EL PLEY!!! Not el JUEGO!!! A lady just came and said they’d give me 8,000 pesos per month and one month of vacation to work for them as a bilingual secretary. Where did that come from? No clue. What is 8,000 pesos per month anyway? Hmm. It goes to show you how much of a need for bilingual ability there is here I guess. wow. A beautiful butterfly.
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.

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