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“It is an honor to receive Valenzuela II”: Manuel López Obrador

“It is an honor to receive Valenzuela II”: Manuel López Obrador

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received this Thursday at the National Palace the Mexican pitcher Julio Urías, who was recently champion of the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In a video uploaded on his social networks, the president recognized Urías’ effort and his performance at the head of the team to get the Commissioner’s trophy against the Tampa Bay Rays, and at the same time, represent Mexico.

It is an honor for me that Julio Urías, (Fernando) Valenzuela II, is in my office, a great pitcher with a lot of time ahead of him to continue triumphing, and what he did is history
Meanwhile, the left-hander of the Los Angeles team thanked López Obrador for the reception and gave him a Dodgers jersey with his signature. The pitcher said that he is proud of Mexico and it is “a dream come true.”

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Also present at the office were the sons of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as well as businessman Carlos Bremer and Edgar González, head of the Promotion and Development of Baseball in Mexico (Probeis). “It is very nice that he has been able to receive us and I am very proud of my land,” said the Sinaloan.

It is worth mentioning that López Obrador is a fan of the so-called “king of sports”, in addition to practicing it in his spare time.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won their seventh major league title on October 27 after beating the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth game of the series.

The Los Angeles team ended a 32-year drought and won its seventh “Fall Classic” with Mexican pitchers Julio Urías and Víctor González as big names.

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That night, López Obrador spoke about the final of the World Series. Through a video and with a cap from the Los Angeles team, the Tabasco congratulated Urias and González.

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We are already in celebration. The Dodgers won (…) Julio Urías is the best pitcher, from Culiacán Sinaloa, our countryman. congratulations
Julio Urías and Víctor González are part of the players who have been trained at the Alfredo Harp Helú academy and who now play for the most important teams in the US league. They met there and are part of the 1% that formed and later debuted in Major League Baseball (MLB, for its acronym in English).

The project of this academy began on November 12, 2009, when they estimated that one or two baseball players would debut per year in the MLB. So far there are 10. Urías debuted in 2016, González did so in 2020, as did Humberto Castellanos in the Houston Astros, Isaac Paredes with the Detroit Tigres and Ramón Urías in the Baltimore Orioles.

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These players became the second pair of Mexicans to be champions. Previously, pitchers Jaime García and Fernando Salas did it with the St. Louis Cardinals, in the 2011 World Series.

Other compatriots who have a World Series ring: Horacio Piña, with Oakland Athletics (1973); Enrique Romo with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1979); Fernando Valenzuela with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981); Aurelio López with Detroit Tigers (1984); Jorge Orta with Kansas City Royals (1985); Erubiel Durazo with Arizona Diamondbacks (2001); Benjamín Gil with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2002); Alfredo Aceves with New York Yankees (2009); Jaime García with St. Louis Cardinals and Fernando Salas (2011) and Sergio Romo with San Francisco Giants (2010, 2012, 2014). (GG) (Infobae)

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