I remember at the Major League level, with Felipe Alou, Orlando Cepeda, you know, it sounded funny to us talking, or trying to talk English, between us, so always spoke Spanish.
Orlando, on the team, you know, because Orlando was in first base. He was the closest one to me, being on the mound, we became like brothers. Orlando and I, you know, we love each other. Those days, you were entitled to pitch inside, and I wasn't afraid to pitch inside because if I did it, and the hitter want to chase the mound, Orlando was right next to me, right away, he was there. So, nobody wanted to face Orlando.
The man, they used to call him "The Baby Bull." And, we're still like brothers. Felipe Alou became a compadre. I baptized his first girl. He baptized my first. So, we are compadres twice. Matty Alou, the same thing.
Alex Pompez was a scout for the Giants. And, Horacio Martínez, at that time, was what they call a "Bird Dog." He used to work in the Dominican, not as a scout. He used to look for players, recommend them to Alex Pompez and then, Alex Pompez ended up signing those players.
Later on, Horacio Martínez became a scout. And, he signed so many players he signed the three Alous, and he hired Elias Sosa, Ricardo Joseph, myself. So, Alex Pompez, yes, a great man, great man. When we came to Spring Training every year, he used to give us so much good advice; what to do, what not to do, and whatever.