SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – Last season Minor League Baseball launched Copa de la Diversión to celebrate the diversity of the game. This season the Salem Red Sox joined in. The team has 11 games on the schedule honoring their players of Hispanic and Latino descent. By connecting language barriers and cultures on the diamond the organization is creating a shared experience.
“I think that’s huge you know they’re trying to make us feel more at home you know,” says Red Sox outfielder Edgar Corcino.
The Salem Red Sox along with 72 other other minor league teams competing in Copa de la Diversión also known as the Fun Cup.
“They’re not trying to make us feel different than anyone here. So I feel like that’s just an awesome thing they’re doing right now,” states Corcino.
An initiative aimed at embracing, engaging, and honoring Hispanic or Latino communities.
“I think it’s important because for us Latin players we feel important now because we’re different than Americans. It’s really nice now for baseball to do that for us,” explains Red Sox infielder Pedro Castellanos.
This Sunday the Sox will become the San Bernardos de Salem.
“Having all the Spanish names on the jerseys and stuff that’s cool that’s a great idea actually,” says Corcino.
For Castellanos representing his heritage out on the diamond is special.
“When you come into the clubhouse and you see the guys Sunday. They’re going to start to dance and put some music on with Salsa or Merengue we’re like here we go everyone is just start getting up and dance. It’s going to be really nice Sunday.”
For one night these players have the chance to bring their heritage and home to the ballpark.
“It’s everything for us you know that’s where we grew up that’s how we grew up. That’s what our parents teach us so we take a lot of pride for that,” says Corcino.
There are 4 Copa de la Diversión games left in the season. Both Pedro, and Edgar look forward to sharing their culture with the Salem community.