Long live Mexico, long live “El Toro” Valenzuela

There is no doubt that the only player who has marked me since childhood has been Fernando Valenzuela. All of that is because he was just a kid when he debuted in the major leagues. Yesterday, by the way, he turned 41 since he took the mound for the first time in the best baseball in the world. I grew up with “Fernandomanía”, we listened to the games on the radio and sometimes we saw the games in bits on the black and white TV with long legs that we had at home, there in alley number 1, Ahome, between Miguel Hidalgo and 5 streets. de Mayo, in the Barrio de La Laguna, where I was proudly born. Few speak of Fernando’s debut in the Major Leagues on September 15, 1980 (yesterday marked the 41st anniversary of the debut of the “Toro” of Sonora in the big tent), against the Atlanta Braves at the Fulton County stadium in that city, with a poor entry of 8,025 fans, in a very fast game of 2:12 hours. Braves beat Dodgers 9-0, winning Tommy Boggs, and the loser was Burt Hooton.

Fernando had a dream year in 1980, since he did not accept a clean race, that is why I have always maintained that “Fernandomanía” began in 1980 and not in 1981 as many maintain. In 1980 the legend began, a social phenomenon began that paralyzed the country at every outing, the pride of being Mexican, the pride of being from Sonora, the pride of being a May Indian was accentuated. Who said you can’t succeed being poor. Yes of course. It is only to have the objectives very clear and by the way always use the perfect mix, which are talent, dedication and discipline, the rest comes alone. Have a great day. And long live Mexico!

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