MY PHOTOS

MY CAREER

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Looking back on Summer League and Instructional, 2002

Fourth of July, I think it was the best Fourth I have had in a very long time. I had the privilege of exposing this celebration to the students, most of who had never been in the United States for Independence Day before. It was very special to see their faces light up as the fireworks lit up the sky to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner. It is these types of experiences that make my job so invaluable.
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

A trip to the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo

Hi. I went to the historical district today, Jesus Alou's assistant took me. I saw the first fort in the Americas. It is so cool. That is supposedly where Trujillo tortured people, and where Christopher Colombus was imprisoned!! Anyway, I learned a lot about the country’s history. The tour guide was so cool. Anyway, I learned a lot at the MLB meeting yesterday too. I liked watching the teachers teach, and I liked gathering information and coming up with ideas to improve my program. It was good. Then in the afternoon we went out to eat with Marty, and I met his cousin Cesar who happens to be Cesarin Geronimo’s son. I know Cesarin from when I worked in San Pedro where he works for the Hiroshima Toyo Carps. His son is an agent, and he works for PROFORMANCE.

Monday, April 29, 2002

Visit to the Red Sox academy - Summer 2002

Hi. Today was my first full day here in the Dominican Republic this summer. It went so well. Last night I prepared the paperwork for today’s meeting with the new potential teacher. I got up nice and early this morning, ordered my room service breakfast which was delicious; fried egg, French bread toast with jam, platano mangĂș with onions, salami, orange juice and coffee with milk. It was delicious!!!! Then I got dressed and printed out my paper work at the business center, and Jesus Alou came and picked me up. We left for the ball park complex. It was so good to see the students here again after so long. I video taped some of the practice, and Jesus says that I can show the video to the guys so that is cool. He let me do a documentary of the new Red Sox academy and gave me a grand tour of it. How exciting. They are even making a little room for the teacher. That will be nice. Jesus has been really nice to me so far. I am happy about that. After the practice, after greeting the students, I went to the house where they live. I had an awesome lunch there. Home cooked Dominican food. There is nothing like it. It is a nice little house. Perfect for them to live in temporarily while the new academy is being built. They have bunk beds, a dining table, a big porch, a nice bathroom, and great food!!! I felt so satisfied after lunch. It was great!!! I gotta thank the ladies tomorrow for it. Carmona and all the other players wanted me to stay and teach them. I actually love teaching in teh Domincan Republic, but I think I can do more for the players if I continue to advance in what I'm doing and work in the states while overseeing the Latin American acadmies. I got invited by Paul Lantigua the scout to go see a player sign his contract. it was cool to be there at his house when he signed his contract. His name is Antonio Tejada. He is a pitcher. That was a neat experience. Then yesterday I spent a lot of time at the house with the players doing the evaluation interviews, and presenting the new teacher and the classroom expectations. Today was the conference for the MLB commissioner's office. I met a lot of players from different teams. I just have a knack for working with players. I don’t know what it is. Thanks to God I feel very confident that I do have a talent for teaching and that I am always able to make adjustments and keep the program ahead of the game in comparison to the other teachers in baseball.

Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Boston's GM

You know, I really miss Dan Duquette as the General Manager for the Red Sox. I really learned a lot from him just in the few times I worked with him and observed him do his thing. I have a lot of respect for him. He also genuinely cared about every single aspect of the team, including the development of the international players on as well as off the field. He was so supportive of my work. I have to say, that all of the Red Sox personnel expressed this to me actually. I have been very blessed to work with so many talented and admirable people in the game.
Here's a note I saved that Mr. Duquette sent me to give you an idea.
To: Soulofthegame@aol.com
Subject: Re: (no subject)
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2002 1:36 PM
Hello Rosie,
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,
Dan

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Networking in Baseball

I am still working for the Red Sox and loving it. I am
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
cool
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
send
me all those cards all the way to the Dominican Republic. that is very
appreciated. Gotta get to my class.