What do you think of when you think about team sports in Mexico? Usually the first thing that comes to mind is Soccer. Well after seeing the well over 120 young boys and girls at the 8th Annual Baseball Clinic put on by the Youth Foundation of Puerto Peñasco it will be baseball. They ranged in age from 4 years old and up. Each of the younger players teams seemed to have at least 1 girl on the team and one team had four young girls. The teams were from Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta and they were all so enthusiastic. The little guys were so shocked when they actually hit the ball that they had to be reminded to run.
Rick Busa is to be commended on his effort and hard work in putting the event together. He had coaches from Puerto Peñasco and the Phoenix area. We had the pleasure of speaking with Carlos who played semi pro baseball a few years ago. The kids came up to these coaches for autographs and they got them freely. Carlos spoke of why he donates his time to do this. In his words he said he grew up poor and his father worked hard so he didn’t have the time to spend with his kids. He wants to see the youth of today have so much more than he did.
When we arrived they were in full swing with teaching pitching, batting and more. Then they went into a wiffle ball game. Watching the little ones was a real treat as it brought back a lot of memories of when our kids were little an involved in T-ball and softball. It was really amazing to see how well the small ones were doing with their batting and not off a tee.
We would like to thank the following people who donated and came together to help coach these future stars of tomorrow.
On behalf of the City Of Puerto Penasco and the Youth Foundation of Puerto Penasco, we would like to thank the following men who stepped up to coach. Pete Hartmann, JD Rameriz, Troy Pearce, Carlos Gonzales and John Monterio. Also the coaches of the teams that were there should be thanked as sometimes it can be a thankless but rewarding job, if you have ever coached a baseball team of kids.
The list of sponsors are ; YSF, City of Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point 360, Max’s, Rotary Club, Pro Alliance, Las Palomas, Sonoran Resort, Oceano, Satisfied Frog, Rocky Point Dreamer and Mark Olszewski at Penasco Rocks(photogrpher) and Puerto-Penasco.com. These are the people who have helped with donations as well as getting the word out about the foundation.
Please if you can donate money or equipment, please contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One more thing you will see this quote at the end of my blogs every month. As we get near the holidays of Spring Break and Easter the US State Department send out the message, about coming to Mexico. Linda Schultz and her husband are from Wausau, Wisconsin and visited Puerto Peñasco in December and here is what she said
“I noticed the travel warning for Rocky Point, I had to chuckle about some of the responds. There are areas in Wausau that I would not feel safe in, common sense goes a long ways but it seems a lot of people don’t have that. I could come back tomorrow to Rocky Point, I sure enjoyed my visit, the problem is getting there.”
They flew into Phoenix and came down with other relatives from the Phoenix area.
So we invite you to come to our city and remember you would not be invited if we thought it was not safe.