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Messi is the best, Canseco the worst, and Johan strikes back

Being Latino Deportes

Happy Friday, boys and girls. Let’s start this unseasonably warm day in March off with this weeks edition of Being Latino Deportes.

Legendary Lionel Impresses Yet Again

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Leading off this week is the impressive performance by Argentinean footballer and forward for FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi. In this week’s Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen, the 24 year old phenom netted five goals – a record in Champion League play. This latest performance only bolsters a career which already has him known as the ‘best ever’. At such a young age, it would be unsurprising for him to repeat or exceed this kind of performance as FC Barcelona enters the quarterfinals.

You Don’t Mess With the Johan

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Venezuelan lefty and New York Mets ace Johan Santana made huge strides this week in his return from shoulder surgery over a year ago. Donning a Mets uniform for the first time since 2010, Santana posted two scoreless innings, collecting a walk and a hit with a fastball clocked around 90mph. For a team with as little to look forward to (in public opinion) having Santana back atop the rotation will be a rallying point for fans, as he hopes to be ready for the April 5season opener against the Atlanta Braves.

Retirement-bound, and down?
The last few years have not been kind to Jose Canseco. Coupled with his blacklisting from all things major league baseball, the former all-star has made several ill-fated attempts to make it back to the majors. Think “Eastbound and Down”, except not funny. The past few years have found him as a player/manager in the Yuma League, a division of minor league baseball based in the southwest. Most recently, the troubled Canseco has found his attempts to play in the Mexican Baseball league dashed by yet another positive test for performance enhancing drugs.  Truthfully, it’s hard to even feel bad for Jose, and one can only hope that he bows out with what remaining dignity he has left.

Quick Hits:

The NBA dons ‘Latino’ themed jerseys for ‘Noche Latina‘.

Guest contributor Steven Cano gives his views on Cuban outfielder and defector Yoenis Cespedes.

 

About Ryan Almodovar

Ryan Almodovar was born in Queens, NY, but was transplanted to Lancaster, PA – the heart of Amish country, at an early age. Growing up in a small city that is completely surrounded by fields has let him develop many interests, including jazz music, songwriting, short stories, and exploring the vast farmlands – simply because there wasn’t too much else to do there. A love of writing, thinking outside the box, and his Puerto Rican culture led him to a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Spanish from the Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Ryan is a mild-mannered banker during the day, and though he may claim to fight crime at night, you are most likely to find him relaxing by playing guitar, watching baseball games, or working on a novel that never seems to get finished. You can read more of Ryan’s work at his blog, Awkward and Dangerous.

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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