Caribbean Series Championship Comes Back HOME To DR!

First, let me apologize to any of you who were looking forward to my updates on the Winter Baseball League, which I promised you and never delivered on...my bad! You see, what had happened was...I must confess to not owning a TV; I watch everything via the internet. And well, it's really hard to find baseball games from Latin and South America streaming online unless it's a big match-up. Like the Caribbean Series for example, which I did watch like a big old nerd girl.

Let me not keep you in suspense- the Dominican Republic kicked major Caribbean ASS, you hear me? Los Leones del Escogido went in there and dominated for the entire series, winning with a 5-1 record (damn you, Puerto Rico!!) and whooping their Venezuelan hosts twice during the series to get the big prize.

In second place, not that anybody cares, is Puerto Rico. They put up a good fight, a valiant effort, if you will, seeing as they started the series dead last. Los Indios de Mayag├╝ez almost forced a tie-breaker with DR, but in the end the mighty peloteros of Santo Domingo showed them what's what. That team has a history of strong (and sex-AY) ball players so really, those Indios had their work cut out for them. Mexico came in 3d and poor, poor Venezuela? Yeah, they were dead last with a record of 1-5. OUCH. Did I mention they were hosting?

One of the highlights of the series was watching Mets prospect Fernando Martinez win MVP of the Caribbean Series. This Dominicano is desperate for another chance at the big leagues, but with Minaya and company bringing in Gary Matthews, Jr. to cover for the always-ailing Carlos Beltran, Martinez's 2010 season might begin in Triple-A instead.

His powerful performance during the Caribbean Series (he hit .348 with four RBI and two home runs in six tournament games) gives Fernandez hope that the Mets will put him on the opening day roster this spring. He told MLB.COM reporters, "I know I'm a big league player, and I can perform at a high level. It's in my hands, so I have to keep working hard and maybe earn a spot."

I will definitely be watching out for this hard-hitting pelotero; here's hoping the Mets don't let him slip away!

So here's a huge Brugal y Presidente toast to my Dominicanos: Felicidades!!! Now, how can I get an exclusive interview with Julio Manon? Anyone? Please?

I like me some him!!!


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