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A Latino Connection At Yard Goats Games?

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Special to CTLatinoNews.com                                                                                                                                                                 Karen Cortés

Truth be told, I’m not a sports fan. My excursion to Thursday’s Yard Goats v. Rumble Ponies game at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford was to be an extension of happy hour downtown. What I found was a park where seasoned fans and (ahem) less-knowledgeable patrons could cheer for players on the cusp of the majors, stroll the food concourse, or both.

After a year-long delay in opening the park, it was recently named the winner in the third-annual Best of the Ballparks fan vote from Ballpark Digest. “The fans know baseball. They’ve provided our players with a major league atmosphere,” says Jeff Dooley, the ...

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Father and Son – The Yard Goat’s Unique Spanish Radio Broadcasters

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On Father’s Day as dads were  feted with barbecues and neckties, Derik Rodriguez  joined his dad, Danny, in the press box at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. There was a ballgame to call at 5:05 p.m., and what’s a play-by-play man without his color commentator?

Together, Derik, 47, and Danny, 79, form the Yard Goats‘ Spanish broadcast team for WPRX-AM 1120 in New Britain. One of two father-son duos calling games in Spanish in all of professional baseball and the only one in the minors, their hallmark is a feisty chemistry fueled by a vast generational divide.

“Is it frustrating, because we have different styles? Yes,” Derik said. “But in the

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Status Of Puerto Rico On The 100th Anniversary Of The U.S Citizenship

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. government granting American citizenship to the residents of Puerto Rico. The island became a U.S. territory in 1898 after Spain ceded control of it following the Spanish-American War. However, Puerto Ricans did not gain U.S. citizenship until Congress passed the Jones-Shafroth Act in 1917.

Today, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory with its own constitution and government (though the extent of the island’s legal independence from the United States has been the subject of debate). Island residents elect their own governor and members to the island’s legislature, but they may not vote in U.S. general elections for president and they ...

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