A new season in Venezuela

16102007097Attendance at the Chico Carrasquel stadium was good enough, but far from a sellout. Maybe the soccer match between Venezuela and Argentina for the World Cup qualifier, in which Venezuela had high hopes, was the factor which kept many at home.

Regardless of that, we enjoyed a nice baseball mood in Puerto la Cruz, the Eastern city which hosts the Caribes de AnzoŠtegui team. Finding old friends you only get to see three months each year, to look at the field nice and ready. It all adds up when you consider that Puerto la Cruz was about to lose its ballclub, at least for this season, because of a power struggle between the team’s stockholders. The conflict was solved days before the tournament started.

Carlos Zambrano was willing to answer questions fielded by reporters. He donned the Caribes uniform only for a ceremonial first pitch though. However, he was kind enough to talk about his season at the Windy City, a possible Cy Young candidacy, and said he didn’t believe in curses of any sort, be Goat-induced or otherwise.

We found Astro Luke Scott, who sat at the dugout for his club in Venezuela, Magallanes. He was kind enough to give us five minutes of his time. He wasn’t included in the night’s lineup, but he is anxious to set foot on the field. Scott told us (in perfect Spanish) he was ready to help with the direction Ed Wade will set the organization to; and always true to his strong religious beliefs, he trusted God’s will. He is ready to play in a country which received him with arms wide open after his monster performance with Magallanes a couple of years ago.

How will Luke’s season be like? Stay tuned.

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