Mexican catcher Cesar Salazar comes to Arizona to achieve lifelong baseball dream


>>>GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR IF YOU’RE A BASEBALL FAN. COLLEGE WORLD SERIES AROUND THE CORNER. ARIZONA JUST FELL SHORT OF WINNING IT ALL. YEAH REALLY CLOSE, THIS YEAR’S TEAM GOT THE TERRIBLE TO GET OVER THE HUMP AND MAKE DELIVER ANOTHER — MAYBE DELIVER ANOTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. THE EXPERIENCE IS ABSOLUTELY THERE. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU POINT TO THE CATCHER IN CAESAR SALAZAR. >>THE SOPHOMORE FROM MEXICO. GO PRO OR HEAD TO COLLEGE? HIS FATHER ACTUALLY HELPED HIM WITH THAT AND HAS BEEN ARGUABLY HIS BIGGEST FAN. HIS PARENTS DID THE FOUR AND A HALF DRIVE TO TUCSON NEVER MISSING A GAME AND SALAZAR MADE IT WORTH THEIR WHILE. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] >>CAESAR SALIVARY IS ONE OF THE BETTER — SALAZAR IS ONE OF THE BETTER CATCHERS IN THIS CONFERENCE. VERY ENGAGING. >>DOES A GREAT JOB BEHIND THE PLATE. >>MEXICO, IT’S DEFINITELY A DIFFERENT CULTURE. WHEN I WAS 12 YEARS OLD, I STARTED PLAYING A TRAVEL BALL HERE IN TUCSON. I WOULD DRIVE HERE OR DRIVE TO PHOENIX LIKE ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH, AT LEAST — RUN THE TEAM. >>CAESAR SEEMS LIKE I MET WITH HIM. HE SEEMED LIKE A VERY STUBBORN KID WHO WANTED TO DO WELL. ALL THE TIME. >>SO OVER THERE IN MEXICO KIDS AT 14 YEARS OLD WITH SIGNING CONTRACTS WITH — ARE SIGNING PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS WITH MEXICAN TEAMS. MY DAD THANKFULLY DIDN’T LET ME. GET YOUR EDUCATION AND THEY STARTED LIVE STREAMING THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES IN MEXICO. AND THEN I STARTED THINKING YOU KNOW, I WANT TO GO PLAY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL AND GET A SHOT AT PLAYING COLLEGE BASEBALL. >>THANKS TO THE FAMILY OF ONE OF HIS TEAMMATES, CAESAR SALAZAR WAS GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE AND GO TO HIGH SCHOOL IN TUCSON, ARIZONA. IN A NEW CITY, AND A NEW COUNTRY, HE WOULD LOOK FOR SO FORTH HAVE HIS MEN — SUPPORT FROM HIS MENTOR AND FORMER COACH LUIS VALENZUELA. >>I GOT VERY ATTACHED TO HIM BEING HERE. >>HE HELPED ME GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF GETTING USED TO THE CULTURE. HE WENT THROUGH THE STUFF TOO. HE’S BEEN MY SECOND DAD. >>COMPARED TO LEARNING NEW LANGUAGE, AND A NEW CULTURE, PLAYING BASEBALL WAS EASY FOR SALAZAR. AND BEFORE LONG, THE YOU HAVE OA OFFERED — U OF A OFFERED HIM A SPOT ON THE TEAM. BUT THE HEAD COACH HAD YET TO SEE HIS CATCHER IN ACTION. >>RIGHT AFTER I GOT THE JOB, I WENT OUT A LOCAL GAME HE WAS PLAYING IN AND I HEARD A LOT ABOUT HIM. LET’S JUST SAY I WALKED AWAY FROM THAT GAME VERY FIRED UP ABOUT THE CATHETER FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS — CATCHER FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS. ONE OF FIST MEETINGS, HE HAS SAYS COACH AISLE GOING GET YOU TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. I’M LIKE WHO IS THIS GUY? >>A TWO RUN SHOT. SALAZAR PUTS THE CATS ON THE BOARD. >>SALAZAR FOR THE TEAM. IT’S FUN TO WATCH HIM WORK BEHIND THE PLATE. SALARY OUT TO RIGHT CENTER. BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS FOR THE WILDCATS. >>AFTER AN IMPRESSIVE FRESHMAN REGULAR SEASON, SALAZAR WOULD HAVE A SHOT TO MAKE GOOD ON THAT PROMISE TO TAKE THE WILDCATS TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. >>FIRST YEAR HEAD COACH, JAY JOHNSON. TRYING TO LEAD ARIZONA TO OMAHA TO CAESAR SALAZAR THE FRESHMAN FROM MEXICO. WILL WALK TO THE PLATE. HERE THEY ARE. WITH A BASE HIT AWAY FROM A TRIP TO OMAHA, NEBRASKA. [ APPLAUSE ] SWUNG ON. THAT’S GOING TO BOUNCE INTO RIGHT FIELD AND ARIZONA HAS DONE IT! THEY ARE GOING TO OMAHA. >>FOR HIM TO GET THE HIT, THAT SENT US TO THE COLLEGE WORD SERIES, I WAS LIKE YOU TOLD ME YOU WERE GOING TO GET US HERE, THAT WAS GREAT AND SOMETHING I’LL NEVER FORGET. >>CAESAR SALAZAR WITH THE GAME WINNING RUN BATTED IN. FOR THE ARIZONA WILDCATS. >>THE TEAM WE HAD LAST YEAR WAS A REALLY AMAZING TEAM. SO IT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU ALWAYS WORK TO BET TO GO TO YOU KNOW THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. I’M REALLY HAPPY THAT WE DID IT AND IT WAS BEST SIX YEARS OF MY LIFE. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] THERE IT IS. >>NEXT YEAR FOR SURE IS HELPING COACH JOHNSON GO TO ANOTHER COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. THAT’S THE MAIN GOAL I HAVE WHILE I’M HERE, HOPEFULLY AFTER THAT YOU KNOW JUST PURSUE MY DREAM OF PLAYING MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. IT’S VERY RARE THAT YOU GET PLAYERS THAT TRULY CARE ABOUT THE TEAM’S SUCCESS SERVICE THEIR OWN AND — SERVICE THEIR OWN AND — AS MUCH AS THEIR OWN AND HE EPITOMIZES THAT FOR US. HE’S A VERY EASY PLAYER TO ROOT FOR. >>HE HAS THIS PASSION AND DETERMINATION AND HE’S GOING TO ACCOMPLISH WHATEVER HE SETS OUT TO DO. IN HIS LIFE.

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