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The quiet man: Rafael Soriano

His present has been sensational for the Yankees, but his future is a mystery

Originally Published: September 26, 2012
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's note: This story is available in Spanish here.

A Dominican boy cries often. He needs his father. He has taken up baseball recently; and by age 8, he's quite good at it but his family is too poor to afford the long trips from Boca Chica to Santo Domingo to play in weekly tournaments. His mother, a housekeeper, earns a meager wage, and she can't pay to send him. When he can't find the 20 pesos for the trips, he stays home, often sobbing, aching to play the game he's learned ...

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