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

Friday, October 31, 2003

the Countdown Begins

Music: Brand New Heavies and Maxwell Edit Entry Delete Entry

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

message about me from my students with the Red Sox

Here is a message from a couple of my students from my first season of class wrote....

From : victor santana
Sent : Monday, October 27, 2003 5:59 AM
To :

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 :

!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

Back in Baseball

Mood: Happy
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

Back in Business!!

Time: 2:53:35 PM PDT
Author: soulofthegame
Mood: Anxious
Music: Hip Hop Edit Entry Delete Entry

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

A Leap of Faith

Time: 3:45:26 PM PDT
Author: soulofthegame
Mood: Happy
Music: Aventura/Alicia Keys/Amadeus Mozart Edit Entry Delete Entry

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

No Word from the Teams Yet

Time: 7:31:19 PM PDT
Author: soulofthegame
Mood: Worried
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.