Mets’ Catcher René Rivera On His WBC Journey • Latino Sports


Mets’ Catcher René Rivera On His WBC Journey


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Rene Rivera HeadshotFlushing, NY – Six months have already passed since Team Puerto Rico’s remarkable journey in the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC) and yet it’s still a topic of discussion on the impact of their success throughout the entire tournament.

On the eve of Latino Sports honoring Mets’ catcher, René Rivera, starting pitcher, Seth Lugo and infielder T.J. Rivera for their phenomenal exploits in the WBC, I sat down with Rivera who shared his recollections on what he truly experienced watching his teammates who were united together for a fundamental purpose: a better Puerto Rico.

Although their journey didn’t bring back to their beloved island medals made of gold, they carried something so much more in their hearts that can only be best described in Spanish: Me siento orgulloso de ser puertorriqueño.

I am proud to be a Puerto Rican.

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About Danny Torres

Bronx native, Danny Torres is a high school teacher, an avid baseball fan and freelance sports journalist. Besides his work with, he has written for, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y, the N.Y. Mets, the Puerto Rico Daily Sun and Manhattan Times. He was a frequent guest on 'Solamente Pelota', a now-defunct sports program on XM/Sirius satellite radio. In 2010, he contributed to an updated prologue for the re-released book, 'Clemente, the Enduring Legacy' by Kal Wagenheim. In 2011, as part of a series commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month on, he contributed to a five-part series saluting the greatest Latino pitchers in baseball. Finally, in December, 2011, he participated in a panel discussion connected with the Smithsonian exhibition, 'Beyond Baseball, The Life of Roberto Clemente' in Baltimore, Maryland. In December, 2012, he appeared on the front page of 'El Diario/La Prensa', a NY Spanish daily newspaper and was featured in a five-part series dedicated to the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player, Roberto Clemente who tragically died 40 years ago.

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