Not a handout, but a hand up
When former Seattle Mariners catcher David Valle and his wife, Vicky, first visited the Dominican Republic for winter training back in 1985, he didn’t anticipate the radical turn his life would take. At the time, he was still an underpaid minor-leaguer in the Mariner’s farm system.
“They weren’t looking for an autograph . . .”
As Dave explains in the new documentary Esperanza, a crowd of kids had formed around the American baseball players after practice one evening. Dave assumed they were just like the fans he’d met in the States, clamoring to meet the stars. Where was his autograph pen?