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Fiesta and Beisbol

By - Oct 01, 2017

By Cynthia Esqueda/For The Sporting Nation


MESA- The sixth annual Mexican Baseball Fiesta is back in the valley with the Mexican Pacific League’s version of spring training.  Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Caneros de Los Mochis played Saturday night at Sloan Park, the spring home of the Chicago Cubs. 

Tacos y Mariscos Sinaloa, Tostilocos Alejandra’s Tortilla Factory and Bakery, and many other food vendors were present in last night’s event for the fiesta. Sloan Park was the perfect place to experience authentic food, culture, music and Mexican baseball games.

The Mexican Baseball Fiesta is not like any other baseball event, it is a party in the stands. Having live music creates an excuse to enjoy each other’s company and love for unity that anyone is welcome to be a part of.

Crowds of people made their own dance floor at the stadium, blocking an exit from the stadium. Children, teenagers, and adults of all ages enjoyed the music, which was the center of the fiesta and allowed fans to enjoy a piece of Mexico.

Flags, headbands, jerseys and makeup with the colors of the Mexican flag were present. Everyone came for a purpose to celebrate his or her country. 

 “I love our music, our people, and I am so proud of my heritage,” said Alex Garza from Hermosillo, Mexico.

Many Mexican immigrants like Garza enjoy having their teams come and play in Arizona because they have no way of going back to their country. He shares the love for baseball with many of the fans that came to see their teams play.

Mexican teams have been playing exhibition games throughout Nevada and Arizona since last month, with Tucson the final stop on the tour next weekend. 

“This is why I love baseball, the crowd here is like no other. They are so passionate about the sport and their people. They welcome anyone no matter what color or race, said Sammy Safford.  Safford,who is married to a Mexican-American, says that she feels like she is right at home although expressing that Mexicans know definitely how to have fun.

Two seven-inning games are scheduled for Sunday at Sloan Park, with Hermosillo facing Aguilas de Mexicali and Los Mochis vs. Mexicali after that.

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