Clásico Mundial: Puerto Rico y los Medias Rojas de Boston

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Quien diria que para estas fechas de principios de marzo cuatro años atras Puerto Rico jugaba contra los Medias Rojas de Boston en juego de exhibición previo al Clásico Mundial de Béisbol.

En aquel instante en el 2009 la noticia a buscar era si el Media Roja Mike Lowell finalmente podia jugar del conjunto boricua dada la incertidumbre de una lesión en su cadera derecha.

Entre otros Medias Roja tuve la gran dicha de compartir con Félix Juan Maldonado en su propio terreno en el centro de practica en Fort Myers de los Medias Rojas de Boston.

Puede que no sea un nombre muy conocido pero Maldonado fué pelotero, coach, dirigente, escucha, instructor y coordinador de Liga Menor.

Nuestra conversación se tornó en una entrevista que fue publicada originalmente por el diario The Puerto Rico Daily Sun y fue re-impreso por rotativos del Estado de la Florida y la ciudad de Boston.

Maldonado falleció en Junio del 2010 pero en algún lugar del firmamento debe estar gozando el partido de hoy de su Puerto Rico y Medias Rojas de Boston. Hoy publicamos ese articulo en su forma original.

Felix Maldonado’s Dream Come True
FORT MYERS, Florida-(Published March, 5, 2009)

When you arrive to the Boston Red Sox training facility, The City of Palms Park, in one of the practice fields there is a sign Felix Maldonado Field.

Probably young generations have never heard of him. He was never a major leaguer. He never wear a big league uniform. Period.

However, Maldonado, 71 and a very proud puertorrican, his dream came true when manager Jose “Cheito” Oquendo invited him as a one day coach for Team Puerto Rico.

“It s a very special day”, Maldonado said. “I’m the happiest person in the world. My dream came true watching on the field all the Puerto Rican all-stars together”.

Maldonado is in his 46th season as a Red Sox employee and have seen many great Red Sox squads. Most recently the 2004 and 2007 World Series championship teams.

“This is different. watching players like Ivan Rodriguez, Bernie Williams and Carlos Delgado it will be unforgettable”, Maldonado said.

Maldonado memory has seen them all. He still remember his winter league heydays and playing against such greats as hall of famers Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda and Tany Perez. Maldonado also remembers when he played in the Caribbean Series in 1959, 1960, 1970 and 1971.

After his player days he became a Red Sox scout from 1971 to 1989. He is now a player development consultant for the organization and works with the Class-A Fort Myers Miracle affiliate.

EXTRA:When asked, Felix Maldonado All-Time Puerto Rico team, C Ivan Rodriguez; 1B Orlando Cepeda; 2B Roberto Alomar; 3B Edgar Martinez; SS Jose Pagan; OF Roberto Clemente; OF Bernie Williams; OF Juan Gonzalez; DH Carlos Delgado; P John Candelaria; P Ed Figueroa; P Ruben Gomez; P Guillermo Hernandez; and P Juan Pizarro.

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