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

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.

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

Blink and you might miss the ball.

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

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

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.

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.

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

For three years, Urias dominated Minor League Baseball.

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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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

READ: Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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