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It perplexes people who have known me for ages as well as my new friends who still bleed Yankee pinstripes. To them, I might as well be Benedict Arnold, Neville Chamberlain or the one who got Jesus nailed to a cross. We are talking serious issues here.

So, for all those who have asked me, “How the hell do you root for the Red Sox now?”, I will share my reasons as simply as possible, since I know Yankee fans can be a little bit slow when it comes to logic and reasoning (it’s because they listen to yahoo Yankee announcer John Sterling, the worst broadcaster in history).

But first, a little background: when I moved to the Bronx in 1976 from San Juan, I was already a huge baseball fan. The Pirates were my team…. for obvious reasons. Then my uncle took me to see Tom Seaver at Shea and I was hooked on NY baseball. I lived about 40 blocks from Yankee Stadium, down the Grand Concourse and of course, as a foolish and impressionable little boy, I became a Yankee fan.

It wasn’t hard: Phil Rizzuto, Willie Randolph, Craig Nettles, Ron Guidry, Goose Gossage, and yes, of course: REG-GIE., REG-GIE, REG-GIE! I was at the 1977 World Series game where Jackson hit the three homers against the Dodgers to win the title for the Bombers. I met Dimaggio and Mantle. I also watched a game once from Steinbrenner’s luxury suite. Then Don Mattingly came along, and I wanted to bat left-handed.

Fast forward to 1986. Freshman year, Harvard. Mets-Red Sox. I had always thought that Yankee fans were pretty loyal, but when I caught the Bill Buckner game with my roommates and when one of them threw their TV out the window into Harvard Yard after the Sox blew the Series, I was intrigued. Still a Yankee fan, but intrigued.

1988. I entered Fenway Park for the first time. Mind you, having gone to games in Yankee Stadium and at Shea, I had no idea that a heavenly place such as Fenway even existed. 10 beers later (I had a GREAT Fake ID from Alaska!), I was hooked. But I still rooted for the Yankees.

Then Mattingly retired in 1993 (or was it 1994, when the Rangers won the FREAKIN STANLEY CUP). At the same time some Mexican kid with a funny name started playing for the Red Sox. By then, I was paying for about 10 games at Fenway, at a time when you could still walk up to a ticket booth and buy bleacher seats for $10. Nomar Garciaparra was everything I loved in a baseball player: play hard and ask questions later. Soon, NOMAH became my mantra.

Enter a little Dominican pitcher named Pedro Martínez and all of a sudden, Fenway felt like Santo Domingo whenever he pitched. Meanwhile, the Yankees started feeling like Microsoft to me. Too rich. Too good. Too arrogant. Yes, I started fallen for the scorned lover.

2004. The year it became cool to say PAPI in Boston. Sure, Ortiz was on the juice, but for 48 hours in Boston when the Sox were down 3-0 to the Yankees (btw, AROD pickup annoyed the crap out of me), life in Boston was never better. People said hi on the train. Strangers held doors open for others. All because of the BIG PAPI.

Seeing my father-in-law shout for joy when the Sox won their first title since 1918 sealed it for me. Add another 2007 title and a ballpark that is about as good as it will ever be, and you have perfection.

Finally, both my kids are huge Sox fans. As a Papi, I know feel I need to steer them right.

So call me the Bronx Judas. I freakin love it. And by the way, Beckett pitches a two-hitter tonight.

Boston, you know I love you madly.

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As reported in Spanish by EL Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper, the lawsuit submitted in 2006 against the United States government by former pro-statehood Governor Pedro Rosselló to the Organization of American States (OAS) is still in at a preliminary stage with the OAS’ investigative commission.

Rosselló argued before the OAS commission that the residents of Puerto Rico do not have the right to vote for U.S. president or have a full-fledged representation in Congress, and that the US federal government violates the human and civil rights to the 3.7 million residents of the island.

The United States, responding to Rosselló’s suit, said through its OAS representative, said that the residents of Puerto Rico have “repeatedly” supported the current Commonwealth status through several plebiscites.

“The results of these status votes have not expressed a preference for statehood, the status which will give [Puerto Ricans] the federal right to vote,” said Milton Drucker, deputy US representative to the OAS.

For the popular representative Jorge Colberg Toro the position taken by Drucker represented a “face mask” to the PNP.

But, the resident commissioner in Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, chosen by the pro-statehood new Progressive Party (PNP) disagreed.

“Nothing is going to have more weight in our struggle that the vote of a majority of American citizens residing in Puerto Rico for statehood. It’s time to assume our own responsibility, “said Pierluisi.

According to chief executive of the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP), Fernando Martín, the position at the OAS is a reaffirmation that the United States recognizes its responsibility to decolonization.

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As reported by El Nuevo Día, former Puerto Rican Governor Carlos Romero Barceló had a few strong words for the student protesters who interrupted a ceremony of the island’s former governors inside Puerto Rico’s Capitol building in San Juan today.

“It is revolting to see those who don’t want to study,” said Romero Barceló in Spanish. “The worst crime you can commit in a democratic state is when you try to impose your own personal agenda.”

According to El Nuevo Día, the incident with the students occurred when Jenniffer González, the Speaker of the Puerto Rican House of Representatives, was about to begin her remarks honoring the island’s ex-governors in the Capitol’s Rotunda area, where the original copies of Puerto Rico’s Constitution (ratified in 1952) are housed.

Student protestors being forced out of Puerto Rico's Capitol Building today. ©A Primera Hora

The students began to read a message opposing the decision by the University of Puerto Rico’s administration to raise annual tuition by $800. The 15 protesters were taken forcefully out of the building by Puerto Rican police and Capitol security guards. The Puerto Rican website A Primera Hora reported that the protesters entered the Capitol building dressed professionally to gain access. Once they were taken outside the building, they began to talk with the press. The report identified student Jesús Veléz as the spokesperson for the group.

Many of the island’s ex-governors were at the ceremony, including Rafael Hernández Colón, Pedro Rosselló, and Romero Barceló. Both Rosselló and Romero Barceló are members of the island’s New Progressive Party, which supports the push for Puerto Rican statehood. Hernández Colón is a member of the Popular Democratic Party, which supports the island’s current commonwealth status, although new voices in the party are pushing for free association if ever The Puerto Rico Democracy Act passes through the US Congress.

The biggest absence at the ceremony was current Puerto Rican Governor, pro-statehooder, and registered Republican Luis Fortuño.

Governor Luis Fortuño

This Capitol protest in San Juan is a stark contrast to events in Madison, Wisconsin, where pro-labor supporters were allowed to remain in Wisconsin’s State Capitol building and were not forced out by police. Also, the protestors in Madison number in the thousands, while only 15 protestors showed up in San Juan today.

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