Randy Arzarena continues to star in the drama for Team Mexico at the World Baseball Classic, as he was at the center of a highlight in their semifinal game against Team Japan on Monday night.
His attention to the fans at the fence behind him afterward was better than the play.
Japan’s Kazuma Okamoto took deep ground to clear off Patrick Sandoval, and was heading towards the fence, where Arusarina was waiting to see if he had a chance to cut through. When he went down, Arozarena located his jump perfectly and grabbed the ball with a glove before it could go over the fence for a home run.
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The theft was met with an immediate roar from fans across loan Depot Park in Miami, where Arosarina, who stars for MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays, stood with a deadpan look on his face after the play. Finally he let out a smile as he threw the ball again.
But, just as the next batter was coming to the plate and the crowd texted and tweeted the viral moment on their phones, Arozarena was seen signing baseballs and flags for Team Mexico, playing for him instead of Cuba, while the game was still going on. on me.
Arozarena interacted with the fan before putting his glove back on and standing in place for the next batter.
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The World Baseball Classic has brought a different energy to the ballpark than ever before, with some even saying it’s a better atmosphere than MLB’s World Series. Mexico and Japan had frenzied fanbases who cringed at every strikeout, not to mention a home run…or a steal in Arozarena’s case.
Arozarena was also a great player on the Mexico team he had to beg to be a part of. He’s from Cuba, but after eloping to Mexico before joining the MLB, Arozarena’s relationship with his home country was torn apart.
The relationship between the United States and Cuba was strained for years due to the recent communist regime after Fidel Castro’s rise to power. This affected many things including sports Cuba banned professional baseball in the country which led to many dissidents heading to the US
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Today, players like Arozarena are stars in the league, but in the eyes of their country, they seem disinclined to leave. The Cuban Baseball Federation allowed players who defected to return to play for their national team in the WBC if they wished, but Arozarena was not one of them.
Instead, he asked Mexico to grant him citizenship, so he could play, which is exactly what they did. It paid off for them, too.
Arozarena was phenomenal for the team, slapping . 421/. 593/. 842 with one homer, five doubles and nine RBIs in six games entering the semifinals on Monday.
Arozarena’s success on the field landed Mexico in the tournament, and he’s been enjoying it ever since he donned “El Tri’s” jersey. Mexico fans also embraced him with open arms.
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A perfect example of his rise to fame among them came in left field in the middle of a game—a move almost unheard of in MLB.
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