Cue la musica

Latino ballplayers are miles away from home, but use music to feel closer

Originally Published: February 5, 2013
By Stacey Pressman, Molly Knight, Enrique Rojas, Kat O'Brien | ESPN The Magazine

WHEN YOENIS CESPEDES walks to the plate in Oakland, he is alone, 3,000 miles from his native Cuba. Most of the A's faithful cheering him on don't speak his language -- a barrier that will follow him back into the dugout. But as his walk-up song blares over the Coliseum speakers, Cespedes is transported to Campechuela. That's the beauty of music's relationship with baseball: It is a personal expression, chosen not for the fans but by the player. And as five Latino ballplayers ...

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