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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Saturday, October 28, 2000
My First Flight to the Dominican Republic
Hi journal. It’s me again. Gosh it has been an extremely busy and crazy month. October just flew by for me. I signed a contract with the Red Sox after having a wonderful and educational seven years experience with the major league and the Seattle Mariners. I am now going to expose myself to the whole system from the academies in Latin America through the minor leagues and spring training all the way to the majors. I know this will be great for me so I can be more well-rounded as a baseball executive someday. I can better understand the workings of this system if I work at all of the levels, not just at one. I have already been exposed to every aspect of major league baseball you can imagine first hand through my work with the Mariners on the field and in the front office. I’m on the plane, Continental flight, on my way to the Dominican Republic. I can’t believe I am going. It is unbelievable. Who would have thought. I miss Seattle so much right now, but once I get settled there, I probably won’t miss it as much. I am getting a cold of course, just in the nick of time. I just haven’t let my body rest since I found out I received the position to work in the D.R. with the Red Sox. There was so much to do. I just had my first midterm exam of the year this week. It was for my Philosophy: Introduction to Logic class. It went off without a hitch thankfully. I’m so sleepy, but I can’t get to sleep. Yesterday I spent a day at Seattle University observing their English as a Second Language classes. It was very educational, and fun. I got a lot of great tips from the teachers there. I also got my travel shots yesterday, and my arms are so sore!! My right arm I can barely lift, and forget about carrying or lifting anything with it. It really smarts. It is very red and hot right now. My left arm is not so bad. I only got one shot in that arm since I’m a lefty. It is such a horrible feeling to get an injection. I hate it. But it is definitely worth it. ttfn