So What’s Up With The Cuban Guy Who’s Been Living Outside Dodger Stadium For Two Weeks Hoping For A Tryout?
He's been there for 18 days, to be exact. But rosters expanded on Sept. 1, and it must be comforting for Don Mattingly to know that if things are going badly and someone gets hurt, he has a replacement sleeping on the sidewalk right outside of the stadium. I think that all teams should have this option.
Loah Linares of La Habana, Cuba, has been camped out in Chavez Ravine hoping for a tryout with the Dodgers. He works out on the streets around the stadium, and survives by friends and baseball fans bringing him food and water. He says he'll stay there until the club comes to its senses and gives him a tryout. Sounds reasonable.
You may say that it's a doomed effort, but it's already given us one of the best sports quotes of the year. ABC 7:
"If I didn't know how great a baseball player I know I am, I wouldn't be here trying to show off my skills to somebody," Linares said.
"Short stop, second base, third base... Once again, I just want the opportunity to show them, not tell them," he said.
Loah Linares?! https://t.co/0imGGtg7dj
— VF Castro - Author (@VFdoesFootball) September 1, 2015
* Says he has played in the Diamondbacks organization, although no one has been able to find evidence of this.
* Says he's been playing baseball in Cuba since he was eight years old.
* Idols are Jackie Robinson and Yasiel Puig.
* The Dodgers have refused to comment on him so far.
So the logical questions here are, why doesn't Linares sleep outside of a minor league stadium, where he'd have a better chance? Or, try out for a semipro team and work his way up? Or send the Dodgers a video?
To the latter point, Conejo Productions has produced a video in which Linares is interviewed and speaks passionately about his quest.
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