Monday, March 14, 2011

Fernando Nation

When the Dodgers were planning their move to Los Angeles, they acquired a plot of mostly barren land near the city called Cruz Ravine and evicted the mostly Mexican residents living there. A few decades later as the Mexican community was struggling to put themselves on the national map, a husky rookie pitcher from nowhere burst on the scene. Fernando Valenzuela, a poor kid from a small village in Mexico, captivated not only L.A. but the entire baseball world as he went on to dominate the game and set records. Through interviews with fellow managers, scouts, and players as well as Fernando himself, we get a nicely told rags to riches story about a young man who helped unite an entire community.