Latino Awards Luncheon BIG Hit At Citi Field. • Latino Sports


Latino Awards Luncheon BIG Hit At Citi Field.



Hispanic Heritage month might officially begin on September 15th, but don’t tell that to the guests that were treated to a delicious Latino lunch and an intimate encounter with Angel Pagan and David Wright at Citi Field as part of the LatinoMVP awards.

The Latino Sports Writers & Broadcasters Association (LSWBA), Latino Sports and the NY Mets sponsored this luncheon as part of 22nd annual prestigious LatinoMVP awards. The awards were for the Comeback Player of the Year that went to Angel Pagan and the Roberto Clemente Sportsman of the Year Award that went to David Wright. This is the first year that the Roberto Clemente Sportsman of the Year Award is given. The award is for a player that exemplifies the virtues of Roberto Clemente in giving time and respect to the Latino press and a player that is sensitive to fans, both at his home stadium and while on the road. David Wright also became the first Anglo player to win a LatinoMVP award.

The approximate eighty guests were treated to delicious buffet of rice and beans, southwest salad with chipotle dressing, beef empanadillas and tostones. The dessert was a to die for, Tres Leches that had the most diet conscious guests going back for seconds.


As soon as the players walked into the Citi Field pressroom, the guests began to applaud them and immediately showering them with traditional Latino love. The event was MC’d by the popular D Jay and voice personality, J I Star from La Mega 97.9 FM. Mr. Star mentioned the importance of these prestigious awards that are now in their 22nd year. He then introduced Reverend Simpson who gave the traditional invocation that is a standard in all Latino Sports events.


Mr. Star then introduced the founder of these awards and President of Latino Sports, Mr. Julio Pabón who gave a brief overview and the specific reasons for these two awards. Mr. Pabón stated, “These awards are not measured in any particular statistics, but what Angel Pagan did for the NY Mets filling in for super star Carlos Beltran when he was injured last season was an impressive feat that should be recognized.”


He continued and explained how baseball players today are influenced by many factors that would explain why many of them are not always available to be interviewed, especially by local Latino media who are not the brand corporate giants and how players are more prone to not having the time to always be available to give autographs to fans. “Thus when you notice a player that is always available to speak to local Latino press, and always taking time to sign for fans that player should be recognize and know that some of us are paying attention to these details and appreciate their actions,” he stated.


Both, Mr. Angel Pagan and David Wright were visibly moved upon receiving their awards. The first award was a sketch drawn by Latino Sports in-house artist, John Pinisi. The second award was a water color painting done by the popular rising artist, James Fiorentino. The players spoke and gave thanks to the Latino Press, Latino Sports and Mr. Pabón for the awards. They were impressed with the prize and admitted that they were beautiful works of art that they appreciated. David even tried his best to speak in Spanish and "Gracias por este premio y los quiero mucho."

The players then invited guests to come up and get an autograph and take pictures, with all children getting first preference.


Congratulations to the NY Mets, Latino Sports and the Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association for the first pre-Hispanic heritage month event that will be remembered by many of those lucky enough to attend this private affair.    

About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of 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 a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.