The thing that a lot of people used to ask me about was, where did I learn how to play the game, do you guys play a lot of baseball in Panama, is it a big sport in Panama, is it a big sport in Latin America?
I say yeah, it's bigger than any other sport, any other major sport, because you can go into the countrysides anyplace in the countrysides and you'll find kids with the broom sticks, swinging at tennis balls or swinging at little rag balls that they've made.
We played baseball year round. It was something that, there's just a fever about it. You know, as a kid, you take your broom sticks and you paint them with the different colors and you put the names of different baseball players on them like Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Campanella and all these guys. Then you take your cardboard and you make the gloves and you make your own balls and you walk around and you flip them in the air and hit them.
But every single day after school, there's a baseball game going on, because it was a number one sport when I was growing up in Panama, so we spent a lot of time playing. We didn't have the greatest equipment. But it's a game that has always been a part of the Latin American culture.