This is good stuff and much of it untold (including how he actually got to the US—harrowing stuff) on Jose “Pito” Abreu:
They left in the middle of the night, entrusting their fate to a tiny boat, its two motors, and the ink-black sea. For 12 hours, they pressed on. Through darkness, then dawn, then scorching daylight. Through 15-foot waves. And through the paths of trawlers and other ships that could cut their own 20-foot vessel in two.
Six of them huddled close atop a roiling ocean under ...Read More...
The Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards were announced on Monday, with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu the unanimous selection in the American League and Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom taking home the honor in the NL.
In September, toward the end of the season, Abreu declined to discuss his defection, telling the Tribune in Spanish: “I think it’s best not to talk on that subject. Someday, God willing, if we’re in the position to, I’ll be able to talk about that with all my heart.”
But he spoke without hesitation that living in the U.S. was worth the journey, however frightening it might have been.
“For me, it’s the fact we’re free. That we’re free in everything,” he said. “In Cuba, people don’t ...
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