Roberto Clemente Day in the Major Leagues provokes another “Junte Boricua” in Pittsburgh

Roberto Clemente Day in the Major Leagues provokes another “Junte Boricua” in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh – Language, heritage, baseball, but above all Roberto Clemente.

GFR Mean and The new day They had a large platform this Friday in this city in the presence of Puerto Rican citizens from Pittsburgh and other cities in the United States and the island who traveled to watch the match between the locals. Pirates and the New York Yankees at PNC Park, framed in the celebration of Roberto Clemente Day and the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Before a crowd larger than the exhibition’s arrival in Pittsburgh, including dozens of Puerto Ricans from the diaspora and from 100×35, the photographic exhibition “3,000” alludes to the moments that Clemente lived before, during and after hitting his legendary hit that September 30, 1972, she was presented again to enthusiastic fans who were preparing to make their entrance to the home of the Pirates.

As if it were a game in Puerto Rico at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium, the shirts with the number 21 and the surname Clemente on the back seemed to multiply around PNC Park.

“This exhibition pays tribute to a man whose impact transcends the baseball field and embodies values ​​of compassion, unity and humanitarianism. It has been a pleasure for the Pirates to collaborate with all of you. Thank you GFR Media for helping the organization kick off this week’s celebration of Roberto Clemente. Let’s enjoy the display, the game and the enduring spirit of a true legend. Thank you for sharing so much about the Isla del Encanto, especially Roberto Clemente with us,” he said. Melissa Strozzadirector of communications for the Pittsburgh Pirates, during a press conference in front of the images that make up the exhibition.

Puerto Rican William Sanchez arrived at PNC Park wearing a Roberto Clemente jersey. (Josian Bruno Gomez)

At the conference prior to the start of the match, they were present Luis Roberto Clemente and his wife, and representatives of Crowley, the shipping company that was responsible for transporting the collection from Puerto Rico in a company car, which first arrived in Philadelphia by ship and was then transported by land to Pittsburgh.

As observers among the public, members of the board of directors of the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League in Puerto Rico, led by its president Juan Antonio Flores Galarza.

“We are doing this in ‘Spanglish’ because there are a lot of people from Puerto Rico here and it is a great way to start Hispanic Heritage Month here by speaking a little Spanish,” said the audiovisual editor of GFR Mean and The new day, Dennis Rivera Pichardowho was also the curator of the exhibition.

For his part, the chief executive officer of GFR MeanPedro Zorrilla, praised the opportunity that the occasion provided to continue uniting the millions of Puerto Ricans who live between the island and the entire United States, in what he described as another “Get together Boricua”.

One of those who attested to that meeting was the man from Bayamo William Sanchez34, who was dressed in a shirt alluding to Clemente and his number 21, and said he had never seen so many Puerto Ricans together in Pittsburgh.

“I have been living here for two years and I have not seen so many Puerto Ricans,” Sanchez, an employee at a technology company in Pittsburgh, Aurora Innovation, dedicated to the development of autonomous driving vehicles, told El Nuevo Dia. With Sanchez were three other Puerto Ricans living in Washington, DC who traveled to this city expressly to watch the game between the Yankees and Pirates, the first of three this weekend.

“When we started this dream, it started because in The new day and GFR Mean “We are at the service of our country,” Zorrilla told those present. “Of the Puerto Rican brothers who live in Pittsburgh, in Philadelphia, in San Francisco, in New York, Chicago and in Orlando… those six million Puerto Ricans that your dad connected,” he added, pointing to Luis Roberto Clemente.

“We carry a message of “We are”. We are a different people, we have already crossed the 100 x 35 border and we are Pittsburgh, we are Philadelphia and we are New York,” Zorrilla stressed, emphasizing the project of GFR Mean which began on the island giving visibility to the towns and their hidden charms.

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