Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Jose Abreu Newsbeat

Monday, March 23, 2015

Who is Jose Abreu?

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 an angry sky. But it was the hulking man in the middle who held them all together. Jose Abreu led his family—his fiancée, Yusmary; his parents; his sister and her husband—in prayers as the boat bucked and kicked beneath them. “It was dangerous,” he says. “The waves were high, but the Lord was at our side. God gave us the chance to reach our destination.”

“How can I explain it to you?” Abreu says, glancing at the 60-foot salad bar. “In Cuba, someone who is middle or lower class doesn’t have the luxuries they do here. You can’t eat something different every day. You eat whatever you have. If you have 10 days of eggs, you’re going to be eating eggs for 10 days. If you have plain rice for 10 days, you’re going to eat plain rice for 10 days. There is no menu. No variety. What you have is what you eat.”

 

madvillain Posted: March 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jose abreu, longform

Monday, November 10, 2014

White Sox Abreu, Mets’ deGrom named Rookies of Year | MLB.com

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 07:24 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, jacob degrom, jose abreu, rookie of the year

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Jose Abreu’s mysterious journey - Chicago Tribune

Scary stuff.

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 attain that. I’m thankful for my life, but it’s something I’ve never experienced, and I’m thankful for everything.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 07:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jose abreu

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Kiko Sakata
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogJosh Hamilton could soon be gone from Los Angeles Angels - MLB - SI.com
(94 - 11:53pm, Apr 27)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - April 2015
(1755 - 11:52pm, Apr 27)
Last: Athletic Supporter is trying to remember your name

NewsblogVideo: A-Rod's solo homer | MLB.com
(43 - 11:51pm, Apr 27)
Last: Jim (jimmuscomp)

NewsblogPitchers batting is dumb and the DH should be universal | HardballTalk
(363 - 11:50pm, Apr 27)
Last: Sunday silence

Newsblog4-27-2015 OMNICHATTER
(79 - 11:30pm, Apr 27)
Last: Cloude Atlas (Voxter)

NewsblogFraley: Baseball history has plenty examples of why Josh Hamilton reunion won't be as fruitful as before | Dallas Morning News
(28 - 10:54pm, Apr 27)
Last: Mike Emeigh

NewsblogSource: Matt Harvey to get at least 30 starts but no more than 32 - Newsday
(12 - 10:41pm, Apr 27)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogOTP - April 2015: Church, baseball, politics: Rahm and Chuy work to close the deal
(4150 - 10:39pm, Apr 27)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-27-2015
(10 - 10:39pm, Apr 27)
Last: shoewizard

NewsblogOT: 2015 NHL Playoff thread
(82 - 9:58pm, Apr 27)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(1656 - 9:18pm, Apr 27)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogBaseball Past and Present: Womack: MLB salaries stayed low longer than people may think
(2 - 9:01pm, Apr 27)
Last: DavidFoss

NewsblogThe early leaders in MLB’s “Franchise Four” thing have been announced
(88 - 8:50pm, Apr 27)
Last: shoewizard

NewsblogNats playing miserably; perhaps just as bad, some seem depressed - CBSSports.com
(39 - 8:49pm, Apr 27)
Last: boteman asks Where's My Ring?

NewsblogMax Scherzer: No one wants to see pitchers bat
(72 - 8:46pm, Apr 27)
Last: boteman asks Where's My Ring?

Page rendered in 1.1060 seconds
57 querie(s) executed