Beisebol from the ground up

Led by a legendary scout, the Rays chart their destiny in baseball's new frontier

Updated: March 27, 2011, 12:45 PM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the April 4 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

Boom-boom, thump-thump, rakata-rakata-rakata-rakata.

In a small, crowded auditorium just east of downtown Sao Paulo, a musical ensemble of more than 100 people, named the Nene de Vila Matilde, begins its nightly practice. Men and boys with percussion instruments -- tiny drums, tambourines -- pound in rhythm with singers on stage. The February session is a warm-up for the group's performance at the ...

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