The Tampa Bay Rays pay tribute to the late great Roberto Clemente in the most thoughtful way imaginable. In doing so, they achieved something unprecedented.
The world of baseball celebrated its 21st annual Clemente Day on Thursday, September 15. Hispanic Heritage Month is also observed on the same day.
To celebrate the occasion, the Rays made history by naming MLB’s first All-Latino roster against Toronto Blue Jays.
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Third full-back Yandy Díaz and right-back Randy Arozarena, both from Cuba, head the squad. They were followed by runner Wander Franco from the Dominican Republic, and first junior athlete Harold Ramírez from Colombia.
The designated attacker was Manual Margot, also from the Dominican Republic, followed by left-hander David Peralta from Venezuela.
The second fighter was Isaac Paredes of Mexico, and the captor was René Pinto of Venezuela. Center puncher Jose Siri of the Dominican Republic rounded up the batting order.
All players wore the number 21 jersey to honor Clemente, who played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente helped the Pirates win the World Series in 1960 and 1971.
Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette, José Berríos, George Springer and third-place coach Luis Rivera also wore the number 21 jersey in tribute to Clemente.
But it’s not just the praise that has made Clemente a sports icon. He was a pioneer for all Latino players, paving the way for them to make a career in the professional leagues.
Clemente is an extraordinary player, but an even better human being. He tragically died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, while trying to deliver emergency goods to Nicaragua following a devastating earthquake.
Thanks to Clemente Day, the baseball world is celebrating the life and legacy of an icon, a forerunner and a legend.
Powered by an All-Latino line, the Tampa Bay Rays regulate traffic one way
After Yandy Diaz’s three-time homer in the second inning, the Tampa Bay Rays never looked back.
Isaac Paredes did a home solo and added an RBI single as the Rays went on to claim the right to the final game of the five-match set.
Thursday’s loss reduced the Blue Jays’ lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wild Card race to just half a match.
The Seattle Mariners currently take the top spot in Wild Cards with a win percentage of 0.563 similar to the Blue Jays, but with two games in hand.
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