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As a catcher, [language] is my main weapon, because if I couldn't communicate with pitchers, I wouldn't be able to do anything." "I always surrounded myself with the American players, and I think that's what helped me.
Every time they said a word, I tried to get it in my head and say it and then ask what it meant. I was never afraid to ask and say a word until I said it right.
I learn more by listening to people and having people help me. I felt I was the guy in the middle who had to order pizzas for them at night and be that guy who makes sure that Americans understand the Latin ballplayers and vice versa." "I had an American girlfriend [in Montana during rookie ball].
I used to have a roommate and he was Puerto Rican, born in the U. I would ask him what to say to her, and he would tell me in English, and I would say it over the phone." "[My wife] knew a little Spanish and I knew a little English [when we met].
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I asked him if I could bring him one English word a day and he'd teach me how to use it in a sentence.
I was never afraid that people would make fun of me when I said a wrong word." "I tried to learn a new word every day at the stadium, things like dirt, grass, screen, objects in the dugout, chewing gum.
' 'A little bit.' That little bit means they didn't understand everything. When you get here, there's nothing other than hot dogs and sandwiches. When I went back home, my mom didn't even recognize me because I had dropped, like, 15 pounds." "I lived with several Latinos that did not speak English, so we adapted little by little.
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What is it like to learn a new language, crack the game's code of unwritten rules and deal with political turmoil in the United States and back home? Reporting by Marly Rivera, with Rigo Cervantez, Jerry Crasnick, Hallie Grossman, Tim Kurkjian, Andrew Marchand, Eddie Matz, Enrique Rojas, Adam Rubin, Robert Sanchez, Eli Saslow, Mark Saxon, Elaine Teng and Adry Torres. "I signed to play pro ball and I went to short season in Everett, Washington. I had a guy there waiting for me, and I didn't know how to communicate, and I was like, 'What am I going to do now?
My bat's not here and I can't speak English.' I called my mom, and she spoke with him." "When I came here at 17, I didn't even know how to say 'No.
1.' It was hard to go get something to eat, to understand play instructions.