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Meet The 21-Year-Old Pitcher From Mexico Who Is Already Becoming A Baseball Star

Roberto Osuna, the latest Mexican sensation in Major League Baseball, came out of nowhere last season to become a solid closer for the Toronto Blue Jays.  This year, the hard throwing right-hander is off to a fast start with the Blue Jays and appears to be on the verge of becoming one of the game’s best closers.

The 21-year-old has quickly made an impact in the big leagues. Here’s his first MLB strike out:

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Yep, versus Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees.

Imagine being on the other end of a pitch like this one:

3 more days!!! 3 dias mas 😉

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Scary, isn’t it?

But it wasn’t easy. Osuna was born in a cartel-infested town in Sinaloa, Mexico.

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Osuna grew up in Juan Jose Rios, a small town controlled by the Sinaloa drug cartel. But Roberto’s time there didn’t last long. Osuna and his family moved to Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where baseball became his life.

Roberto Osuna Sr. spent 22 years as a pitcher in Mexico’s professional league.

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The younger Osuna wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps; he picked up a glove very early on.

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However, when his dad retired from baseball, Osuna’s family struggled financially.

✌?️!! Osuna's

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Once Osuna Sr. retired from baseball, the income stopped. The family didn’t have enough money to support Osuna Jr., his younger sister and twin brothers.

Osuna dropped out of school and joined his father as a fruit picker.

Dia del nino en mexico!! Bendiciones para todos y los extrano papas ??

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“We were so poor. We ate some eggs in the morning and beans. That’s all we ate the whole day. And we ate some tomatoes from the fields,” said Osuna to Sportsnet. Osuna admits dropping out of school also helped him concentrate on baseball. As a 12-year-old, he joined a traveling team that paid him to play in tournaments overseas. After being paid under the table for his services, Osuna would send the money back to his family.

At 14, Osuna returned to Juan Jose Rios to play youth baseball. He was scouted by Mexico City’s pro baseball team, Los Diablos Rojos.

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Once Osuna turned 16, he was allowed to sign a professional contract. Everyone wanted to snatch up the teenager who was throwing a fastball in the mid-90s. The Diablos Rojos, a team Osuna Sr. once played for, were the lucky winners.

Osuna only played 13 games for Diablos Rojos… for a good reason.

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Everyone knew Osuna was destined for the big leagues, including the Diablos Rojos. Teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees were interested in the young pitcher, but the Toronto Blue Jays won a bidding war for Osuna’s services. Toronto paid $1.5 million to acquire Osuna. Although most of it went to the Diablos Rojos, Osuna used what was left for him to buy a house for his family in Los Mochis.

After ups and downs in the minor leagues, Osuna got the opportunity of his life.

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Osuna had mixed results in his four years in the minor leagues, but the potential was there. The Blue Jays called up Osuna on April 8 of last year. He appeared in 68 games out of the bullpen and posted an impressive ERA of 2.58 and recorded 20 saves.

Not only did he make it to the Major Leagues, Osuna helped the Blue Jays in the MLB playoffs.

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Osuna’s solid pitching was a big reason why the Blue Jays returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Toronto captured the American League East division title and advanced to the American League Championship Series last season before losing to the eventual World Series champs, the Kansas City Royals.

Teammates have embraced Osuna… including superstar Jose Bautista.

Podemos contar con el para el clasicoo ??!! @encadwin @lamelaza_7 @joeybats19

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Bautista appears happy to have the Mexican pitcher on his side. Nice sombrero, Joey Bats.

Despite his newfound popularity, Osuna hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

Shooting my documentary for Sportsnet. Cant wait to show it to Canada.

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Here he is proudly showing off Los Mochis to a camera crew from Canada’s Sportsnet TV network.

And he always carries a little piece of home wherever he goes. Just look at his breakfast:

Good morning ??!

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This season, Osuna will be the closer for the Blue Jays, so expect to see a lot more of him.

Roberto Osuna K’s 2 over 1.1 scoreless frames against the Twins.

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Osuna won the closer role once again during spring training, which has fantasy baseball geeks drooling over his potential. Osuna, however, is working toward getting the Blue Jays back into the playoffs, and this time, to the World Series.

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Vanessa Bryant Suing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Over Leaked Photos Of Kobe And Gianna

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Vanessa Bryant Suing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Over Leaked Photos Of Kobe And Gianna

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Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department alleging violation of privacy. The lawsuit stems from behavior by the officers at the scene of her husband and daughter’s death.

Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On Jan. 26, a helicopter carrying Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Payton and Sarah Chester, Alyssa, Keri, and John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan crashed in the Calabasas hills. The sudden death devastated those who knew Kobe and the city of Los Angeles that mourned his death for months after.

Vanessa was shocked to hear that the sheriff deputies took photos of her husband’s and daughter’s bodies at the crash site.

“This lawsuit is about accountability and about preventing this disgraceful behavior from happening to other families in the future who have suffered loss,” Vanessa’s attorney, Luis Li, said in a statement. “The department formally refused Mrs. Bryant’s requests for information, saying it was ‘unable to assist’ with any inquiry and had no legal obligation to do so. It’s now for a court to tell the department what its obligations are.”

Bryant is suing the department claiming damages for emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy.

Kobe fans are upset with the LACSD and the allegations that the deputies took these photos.

According to TMZ, Sheriff Alex Villanueva knew about the photos taken by eight deputies and shared within the department. They were also shared in the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation. Sheriff Villanueva told the deputies to delete the photos from their phones and felt confident they did so.

A trainee allegedly shared the photos with a woman in a bar.

A witness to the event said that a trainee took out his phone and showed a woman the photos to impress her. The bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint about the trainee and their behavior with the photos. The trainee showed the woman the photos a few days after the crash leading many to believe that the sheriff’s department was fully aware of the photos.

Kobe fans are standing behind Vanessa as she follows through with her lawsuit.

Reports state that the sheriff’s department told deputies to delete the images to avoid disciplinary action. The coverup is sparking outrage by Kobe fans who are angered that the department did not do enough to protect the dignity and privacy of all of the victims of the crash.

Mitú will update this story as it continues to develop.

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The Climbing Cholitas Of Bolivia Scale Mountains In Skirts And Snow

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The Climbing Cholitas Of Bolivia Scale Mountains In Skirts And Snow

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In the capital city of La Paz, Bolivia 11 Indigenous women have set out to climb higher than the sexist expectations of their world. The women come from an Indigenous group known for their bowler hats and brightly ornate clothing. They call themselves the Cholita Climbers and they’re willing to go to great heights to reach their dreams.

Up until recently, the Bolivian Aymara women worked as cooks and caretakers for wealthy families, men, and mountaineers from across the globe.

According to the Guardian, the women worked on high-altitude camps for years helping crews setting out to reach the highest peaks of the Andes. One day, the women decided to strap on crampons (shoes that are necessary for traveling on glaciers, snow slopes, and frozen waterfalls) and scale the mountains on their own.

While “Chola” is often interpreted as a derogatory term for indigenous women in certain Spanish-speaking countries, the Climbing Cholitas have taken back the word and found power in it. As a group (whose members range from 24 to 52 years old), the women weather the dangers of icy mountain terrains while holding on to ice axes and wearing their traditional dresses.

In some incredible pictures taken of the woman, they can be seen wearing colorful dresses called polleras.

The women have set out to climb the highest peaks in South America, including Aconcagua. For the time being, they’re setting their sights on scaling eight mountains higher than 19,700 ft.

Speaking about their experiences Dora Magueño, a 50-year-old member of the group, told the Guardian that she cried when she first climbed Huyana Potsí. “I’m strong, I’m going to continue and get to the top of eight mountains.”

Ultimately, the group wants to steak a Bolivian flag on the summit of Aconcagua. The mountain is located in the Argentinian Andes near the border with Chile.

Check out a video of the women below!

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