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Friday, May 07, 2021

A Pitcher Never Forgot His Promise to His Mother

When Ubaldo Jiménez was 16 in his native Dominican Republic, he wanted to accept the Mets’ signing bonus offer of $20,000 and immediately begin his journey to the major leagues. His mother, however, said no. She wanted him to finish high school, which many boys on the baseball-mad Caribbean island forsake to chase their dreams and earn life-changing money for their families. Jiménez yearned to do the same.

But after securing his high school degree a year later, Jiménez was met with another condition from his mother. Before she allowed him to sign with the Colorado Rockies, she asked for a promise that one day, when the time was right, he would return to his studies so he could eventually become a professional in a field beyond baseball.

“I never forgot it,” he said in Spanish by phone this week. “And she didn’t let me forget it.”

All these years later — after 12 major league seasons, a World Series appearance, a no-hitter and more than $65 million in career earnings — Jiménez, 37, kept his word and accomplished something rare among professional baseball players: He received a college degree. On Saturday, he graduated — virtually, of course — magna cum laude from the Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2021 at 10:12 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 07, 2021 at 11:02 AM (#6017539)
Wow. Good for him.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 07, 2021 at 11:19 AM (#6017547)
When Ubaldo was with the Rockies, his mom moved from the Dominican to Denver to cook for him, as well as for many of his Latin American teammates.
   3. Rally Posted: May 07, 2021 at 01:16 PM (#6017579)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s grandma did the same thing.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 07, 2021 at 01:16 PM (#6017580)
When Ubaldo was with the Rockies, his mom moved from the Dominican to Denver to cook for him, as well as for many of his Latin American teammates.
I assume she was summoned immediately after he discovered what Rocky Mountain Oysters really are.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 07, 2021 at 01:34 PM (#6017589)
Good for him.
Yeah. Shoulda been Britton though.

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