• A-Rod Not Loved In Dominican Community?

    Posted by on March 4th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    Via Sam Borden -

    And yet despite that, [Alex] Rodriguez has not surprisingly become a polarizing figure in the Dominican, just as he is in the United States, where he also holds citizenship. While some Dominican businesses have taken out advertisements in newspapers in the DR offering support for Rodriguez, there also appears to be a segment that views Rodriguez with disdain.

    Much of that feeling likely goes back to 2006, when Rodriguez opted to play for the U.S. instead of the Dominicans in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. This year, Rodriguez has chosen to play with the Dominican Republic, and there are some who believe his flip-flopping is inappropriate.

    “I get the Dominican cable channels on my TV here,” said Michelle Badia, a teacher at Somers High School who is Dominican and visits the country several times a year. “You see it quite a bit – people saying, ‘I don’t want him on the team.’ ”

    Badia added that she recalled visiting Jamaica Plain, Mass., which has a heavy Latino presence, shortly after Rodriguez picked Team USA over the Dominicans in ’06. “There were a lot of posters of him on the fronts of Dominican businesses there,” she said, “and they had X’s through his face. It was like, ‘He’s not one of us.’ ”

    Ulysses Serpa, a baseball fan from West Harrison who is of Dominican and Cuban descent, said, “I would say there are a good number of people who don’t even know A-Rod is Dominican and don’t associate him with that at all. They know David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, (Albert) Pujols. Not A-Rod.”

    This has nothing to do with the A-Rod thing here…but…is it just me, or, is Ulysses Serpa a great name or what? I would love to see a baseball player in the big leagues with the name Ulysses Serpa

    Awesome, awesome, name.

    Comments on A-Rod Not Loved In Dominican Community?

    1. MJ
      March 4th, 2009 | 10:46 am

      First of all, I agree, Ulysses Serpa is a fantastic name.

      Second, it doesn’t surprise me that some Dominicans don’t consider A-Rod a true blue Dominican. Having said that, I don’t think A-Rod tries to pass himself as a native Dominican. He identifies with his heritage but like many first-generation Americans (I’m one myself), he is not exclusively tied to one nationality. Frankly, why should he be? He has the benefits of both cultures and that’s definite plus in my book.

      Finally, I’m sure if you asked enough people about anyone, you’d find people on both sides of the fence. The tone of this column (and blog) is a bit disingenuous. Not even the most beloved figure is without a group of people that don’t feel the same way.

    2. March 4th, 2009 | 12:48 pm

      To say Dominicans don’t like him is a bit of a generalization. They treat him like Americans do, some like him and some hate him and even some of the people who like him find it hard to defend him.

    3. March 4th, 2009 | 12:52 pm

      ~~The tone of this column (and blog) is a bit disingenuous. Not even the most beloved figure is without a group of people that don’t feel the same way.~~

      There’s a group of people who don’t like Yogi Berra?

    4. MJ
      March 4th, 2009 | 1:16 pm

      There’s a group of people who don’t like Yogi Berra?
      —–
      Maybe not now, because he’s a funny old man with great stories to tell and a piece of American history. But back in the 50′s and 60′s, yeah, I’m sure there were people that hated him.

    5. butchie22
      March 4th, 2009 | 2:41 pm

      The problem with Aroid/Aclod/Lighting Rod is that he creates controversy when he says the word “And” at this point. All the vultures in the press are waiting for him to foul up every time he speaks. He does bring it upon himself BUT it is getting to become a bit much.

    6. thenewguy
      March 4th, 2009 | 4:49 pm

      I know that I hate A-Rod because he betrayed the flag of the USA. That communist bastard hates America, and that’s why he switched teams.

    7. Evan3457
      March 4th, 2009 | 5:21 pm

      Geez, lighten up, Francis. ;)

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