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Manny-ball, Lin-ation, and quick hits

Happy Friday, sports fans! With the close of another week, let’s take a look into the world of sports…

It’s been reported that the Oakland Athletics are close to signing notorious free-agent slugger and dreadlock enthusiast Manny Ramirez to a minor-league deal. For those that may not remember, Ramirez’s latest return to baseball was marred by a positive test for performance enhancing drugs. Rather than serve his league mandated 50 game suspension, Ramirez declined his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, opting to enter semi-retirement while he looked for a new team.

Some are surprised that A’s manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt’s real life Moneyball counterpart) would be willing to take such a gamble on an aging ball player. Ramirez still needs to serve a 50 game suspension, and likely won’t be ready to play until late May. The Athletics are also entering a ‘rebuilding’ mode, having shed some of their major league talent this offseason in return for prospects. If Oakland is looking to be competitive in the near future, it may not be the best idea to have young talent looking up to a player notorious for lazy play.

All He Does is Lin…

This wouldn’t be a valid sports publication unless we mentioned the meteoric rise of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. The Knicks have won seven games in a row since starting the surprise phenom, and now fans are excited to see how the team performs with the re-addition of Amare Stoudemire from bereavement leave and Carmelo Anthony from the disabled list. New York plays the hapless New Orleans Hornets tonight and host the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Lin, ‘Melo, and Stat extend their streak to 8 against the Hornets, but it will be interesting to see how they perform against a high caliber squad like the Mavericks.

Being Latino Deportes – Quick Hits

A sad day for Mets fans, as beloved catcher and hall of famer Gary Carter loses his battle with cancer.

UFC welterwieght Diego Sanchez lost his bout against Jake Ellenberger in Nebraska.

Stay tuned next week, as MLB pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. We’ll be previewing the 2012 season as the teams report to camp…

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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