The Importance Of Baseball In The Dominican Republic
Almost every child we spoke to in some way aspired to be a professional baseball player in America, some out of amazement, and some out of necessity. They just don’t dream about baseball though, they play it, constantly. They are extremely good at it, and are constantly being scouted by American teams, both in the minor and major leagues. When we decided to play baseball with them, many laughs were had, but you could tell sometimes they’d have to bite their lip considering how bad we all were.
The players who make it to the minor or major leagues, besides being held in the regard of heros in their own country, often make a lot of money to support their family back home in the Dominican Republic. The locals take an amazing amount of pride in their home country, shown by everyone we spoke to, and by the professional players who call the Dominican Republic their home, although residing in …show more content…
Quite obviously and briefly mentioned, the people of the Dominican Republic speak Spanish, and we don’t know Spanish, or very little. Therefore, for the week we had a personal translator named Saoul, who was studying at the college in Santiago. Saoul, more so than a translator, was an amazing personality and great person. In both the children we came in contact with, and with us, he was able to bring out an excitement that ultimately got us through the week. Doesn’t matter if it was jokingly pronouncing sheet like a common word for excrement, adding to the mayhem and fun at the cancer hospital, or simply being present, Saoul was an amazing