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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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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

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Family Of Man Who Died From Taco Eating Contest Sue Fresno Grizzlies Owner

Dana Hutchings, 41, entered a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game in 2019. He choked and died during the contest and now his son has filed a lawsuit against the baseball team.

The son of a man who died from a taco eating contest is suing for wrongful death.

Dana Hutchings, 41, died after choking during a taco eating contest during a Fresno Grizzlies game. His son has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the event organizers were not equipped to host the event. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that the organizers failed to provide a medical response team.

“People say all the time he knew what he was getting into, well clearly he didn’t,” Martin Taleisnik, an attorney representing Hutchings’ son, Marshall told CBS17.

Marshall and his attorney are pushing back at the notion that Dana should have known better.

People have sounded off on social media criticizing the family for filing the lawsuit. Yet, the family and their attorney are calling attention to the lack of information given to contestants.

“If you don’t know all the pitfalls, how can you truly be consenting and participating freely and voluntarily? It’s a risk that resulted in a major loss to Marshall,” Taleisnik told CBS17.

Dana’s family is seeking a monetary settlement from the Fresno Grizzlies owners.

The wrongful death lawsuit names Fresno Sports and Events as the responsible party. The lawsuit also notes that alcohol was made available to contestants and added to the likelihood of the tragedy.

“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away. The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings,” a statement from the Fresno Grizzlies read after the death in 2019. “The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”

READ: Kobe Bryant’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Has Tragically Been Moved To Federal Court Despite Vanessa Bryant’s Pleas

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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.

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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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