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This Mexican Teenager Is So Good, The L.A. Dodgers Couldn’t Help But Call Him Up

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Meet Julio Urias. He’s a 19-year-old pitcher who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Urias was *just* called up to the Majors by the Dodgers in an effort to strengthen their pitching staff.


Most pitchers his age stay in the minor leagues until they get a chance to develop. But Urias is special.

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Here’s what it’s like trying to hit one of his pitches.

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CREDIT: Baseball America

Blink and you might miss the ball.


Urias, a native of Culiacán, Sinaloa, was only 15 when he was “accidentally” discovered by the Dodgers.

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The Dodgers were actually in Mexico to scout Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig — then they spotted a 15-year-old Urias throwing 90-mph fastballs.

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Some teams were reluctant to give Urias a chance due to his left eye. As a child, Urias had a benign tumor in his eye that required three surgeries to remove.

Feliz día caballon por ti estoy donde estoy, feliz día a todos los padres: JC7

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After the surgeries, Urias’ left eyelid drooped over most of his left eye.


The Dodgers had Urias’ eye checked and everything was all good, so they signed him once he turned 16.

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“That’s how God works. He gave me a bad left eye but a good left arm,” said Urias to The Los Angeles Times.


And for the last three years, Urias has been dominating Minor League Baseball.

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Urias has been so good that he’s earning comparisons to another Mexican lefty who took Major League Baseball by storm at 19: Fernando Valenzuela.

“It feels beautiful that they compare you to a great Mexican pitcher. He had a great career. I hope I, too, have a beautiful career,” said Urias to the Los Angeles Times.


Although he’s already reached an important milestone — making his parents proud — Urias is poised to become a star…

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In a city, and on a team, that is ready to welcome him with open arms.


And he’s made some ~tough~ sacrifices to get there. They involve tacos.

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Last year, Urias dropped 20 pounds to help facilitate his path to the Majors. Urias talked about it with USA Today: “It was a sacrifice, but it’s part of your job. I still ate tacos, but I would eat one instead of four or five like before.”

READ: Meet The 21-Year-Old Pitcher From Sinaloa Becoming A Star In Toronto

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5 Country Songs That Profess Their Love Of Mexico

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5 Country Songs That Profess Their Love Of Mexico

Country music has had a resurgence in popularity, and Latinos are becoming a larger share of the country music audience year by year. This appreciation goes both ways: Mexico has also had a special place in country music’s heart. Take a peek at some of the songs written about Mexico lindo y querido, some of which are at least three decades old. We don’t blame them, tbh. After all, what’s not to love about Mexico?!


“The Seashores of Old Mexico” by George Strait

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This country classic from the 1970s was originally written by Merle Haggard, but has been recorded by multiples, including a 2005 chart-topping version by George Strait. This saga tells the tale of a rugged outlaw who heads south of the border to start over in a seaside Mexican town of Manzanillo. There, our protagonist falls in love with a señorita from Sonora who has a penchant for “gringos.”


“That’s Why God Made Mexico” by Tim McGraw

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Tim McGraw knows that la vida es más bella en Mexico. The two protagonists of this song are living separate loveless relationships, and they both decide to head to Mexico to live a slower, happier lifestyle in a border town where they can let their hair down. “That’s why God made Mexico, a place where we can lay low, maybe Monterey or Acapulco, anywhere the warm winds blow,” McGraw philosophizes.


“Beer in Mexico” by Kenny Chesney

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Kenny Chesney tries to solve a pre-mid-life crisis of feeling too old for YOLO antics and too young to be over the hill by sticking his toes in the sand and popping open a nice cold one. He chooses to live in the present by saying he is going to “have another beer in Mexico, [and] let the warm air melt these blues away.”


“Playboys of the Southwestern World” by Blake Shelton

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Leave it to prankster Blake Shelton to sing about two childhood best friends making plans to head down to Mexico to “chase señoritas, drink [themselves] silly, [and] show them Mexican girls a couple of real hillbillies.” The song takes them from their rambunctious teen years to their time in college, where they actually head to Mexico and get in trouble with the law.


 “Felt Good On My Lips” by Tim McGraw

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Now, this song doesn’t specifically mention Mexico per se, but it definitely covers cross-cultural love. The Latina in the song is our type of girl, who tips “the D.J. to play her favorite song, a Spanish little number that was a rockin’ on strong.” Wondering what song it was? We’re putting our money on a Selena classic like “Baila Esta Cumbia.”


READ: Country Music Gaining In Popularity Among Latino Millennials 

Are we missing any of your favorite country songs that sing lyrics about Mexico? Let us know in the comments below!

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