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.
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Thursday, January 30, 2003
I am taking Tuberculosis medicine. I tested negative for it, but I tested positive for it in my blood, which means I have to take antibiotics to reduce the chance that it will not attack my system. The good thing is that it is not contagios in this state. I came down with all kinds of illnesses during my work with the Red Sox in the Dominican Republic. I went through Hepatitis A (the kind you get from contaminated water), all kinds of intestinal parasites, you name it. At one point I ended up in a Dominican hospital for four days because I had become so dehydrated I could have died. I had an industrial amount of parasites me according to the doctor. Scarey. Being that hospital was not fun. But to show you how much I loved my work, the Red Sox even offered to send me home if I wanted to, but I wanted to get back to class. I will take years to get my health back to where it was. But you know, for me all what I have been doing has been worth that cost. In general I am a very healthy person anyway, thank God. I love to work out, play sports, and I am totally into nutrition, although my weakness is desserts. hahaha. I also contacted the teams today and the guy for the Yankees will be out of the office this entire week and the Braves still have to interview a bunch of other teachers. So we’ll see what happens. This just means more waiting. I still have no idea where I will end up. I start to get frustrated about not having work and not knowing whether or not I will be working this spring training, but then I remember how things went for me with the Mariners when I was first trying to get a job with them in high school. My patience, perseverance, persistence and the grace of God were all I needed then. I believe that is all I need now. On the bright side I did enjoy myself in my morning class. I am also tutoring in the afternoons. The funny thing is, the tutoring is a lot harder. It takes a lot of preparation and strategy and fast thinking. But it keeps me on my toes and prepares me for this summer as a teacher. On Saturday I went to a tutor workshop. I learned a lot. I gotta figure out how to incorporate what I learned into my teaching. It’s really a matter of turning all the things I’m learning into habits.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
I’m on my way back to Bellevue on the bus right now. I had class today. It went very well as always. I love it so much. I am so thankful that God gave me this opportunity. It is a fresh experience for me to have a job outside of baseball. I know it will help to make me more well-rounded. Not only am I learning a lot about teaching English grammar, but I’m also getting to know some wonderful people that are enriching my life. All of the students are so special. Most of the students in this class are from Ethiopia. On of the the Ethiopian students is Sisay. His name means wealth in English I believe. His family is Christian and is a deacon for his church, which is a very special thing in Orthodox Christianity. He has a lot of responsibilities in this position. Another student is Gino. That is his nickname. His real name I can’t pronounce very well yet. He is from Somalia and speaks many languages. He used to be a doctor when he lived in Somalia and I think he has like nine children! He lets me practice my Italian with him. Enanye is Ethiopian. She is a beautiful girl and has a beautiful spirit. I really enjoy working with her. Another girl I am getting to know is Yiftu. She is also from Ethiopia. She is so sweet and very expressive in her writing. She can cook too, although this is just what I’ve heard. At any rate, I am really enjoying being the class assistant for this English grammar class. This is the week I’m going to find out about work with the teams I think. I got a 4.0 in my Environmental Science class! Whew! The Martin Luther King Jr. service was incredible last night. I love my church. I am so happy there and so happy that I finally found a church that I love. I am so happy. That is all I can say.