Fathers Day and Sports • Latino Sports


Fathers Day and Sports


Fathers Day was yesterday and many of us lucky fathers were in some type of event, or family gathering. Unfortunately, there are many who don’t have a relationship with their family for whatever reason and did not get the attention and satisfaction of what father’s day is all about.

Others unfortunately have to work. I mean the world does not stop for sentimental holidays. Many people have to work to keep us safe, comfortable and in the world of sports, entertained.

That was definitely the case yesterday when every father, and non-father I knew was open to go to any cookout, or family event as long as they knew that they were going to be by a television set to watch the NBA Finals in the evening. Basketball fans and many non-fans were eager to see if LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers would make history coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championships.

I would imagine that every father, mother, grandparent and young in Cleveland was not planning so much on fathers day, but more on their teams chances of making history and bringing home an NBA championship trophy, something that has alluded them for 52 years. The Cav’s did it the hard way by pulling off a critical game 7 in Golden State territory by a score of 92-89 and shutting down Stephen Curry in the critical and final seconds where Golden State, or Curry could not buy a basket.

Congrats to the Cleveland Cavaliers and to all the fathers in Cleveland and throughout the world who were able to finagle family events and still watch the NBA finals. That was a great father day’s gift for players and fans.

On another popular sport, baseball father’s day was remembered by Boston Red Sox first basemen and Dominican baseball player Hanley Ramirez by honoring his idol, David “Big Papi” Ortiz, who is also from the Dominican Republic, as a father figure. In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, Ramirez and Ortiz sat down with The Player’s Tribune, a website which presents the voices of professional athletes, to discuss their unique bond.

David's 1st stop was to greet the young girls, Nevaeh (lft) and at the Ortiz corner. (Photo Latino Sports)

David has been a father figure to many youth and adults alike. (Photo Latino Sports)

During their conversation Ramirez commented, “I just want to raise a glass to you, bro. When I had to first sign my contract, I didn’t know what was going on. David was the first person I called. He was my family when I didn’t have any family here. Think about how far we’ve come. It’s crazy.”

Ortiz continues to inspire and encourage others to find purpose with each step they take as they progress in their personal journey, especially other fellow Latinos that are coming to the United States to play beísbol professionally.

Ortiz stated, “We know what struggle means. We know how important it is to have your second family. When I see people struggle, it bothers me. I don’t care if you play for any other ball club. I saw this thing that Jackie Robinson said about how the importance of life is not what you do for yourself, it’s that you make a difference in somebody else’s life. That’s so true.”

To mark the occasion and to celebrate the impact Ortiz has had on his career, Ramirez gifted him with the ultimate expression of gratitude – a personalized engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The engraved message to Ortiz read:






About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Latinosports.com. Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer's as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make Latinosports.com a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.

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