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.