INTEGRATION – Nomar Mazara was key for Jorge Alfaro to wear the Tigres del Licey uniform
PEDRO G. BRICENO
Since his arrival in the team, Jorge Alfaro was injected as one more high school student, a dedication that with the passing of the days increases until reaching a 100 percent identification with the team that from this Friday will seek to cling to the 23rd crown.
His integration into the club, contributions and performance that made him conclude with an average of .383 (60-23) seven doubles, one triple and two home runs, scored 8 and produced 9 in the Round Robin, have earned him the appreciation of an entire blue fans who have him as one of their heroes.
Major League Baseball himself feels this way and has not only contributed on the pitch, as he has become a motivator of as much magnitude as any of the axes of the team, such as Emilio Bonifacio, César Valdéz, Jairo Asencio or Sergio Alcántara.
“He feels like another high school student, he would seem like a player who has been in the team for a long time, he has really been a great support for us,” said Audo Vicente, general manager of the Tigres, this Thursday after participating as a guest in the Diamante Deportivo program, a space that is broadcast from Monday to Friday from 11 to 12 noon by the Voice of the Armed Forces on 106.09 and 102.7.
But, How did this marriage between the Licey and Alfaro come about?which delights a very high percentage of fans of the Tigers.
The first thing that Vicente maintained is that the cats were scheduled to bring him last year, but the catcher and designee, who played with the San Diego Padres in the 2022 season, had a family matter that prevented him from wearing the Los Angeles Lakers jersey. Tigres, although he left the doors open for an integration with the blues.
The most important thing is that Alfaro did not remember that Nomar Mazara, one of his great friends in baseball, was a member of the Tigers and this finished sealing his courtship with the club.
Even after the presence of the long-haired man in the blue dressing room, Mazara advanced his entry to the game and has become a kind of guide for the Colombian, who is in the Dominican Republic with everything and his family, who are fully enjoying their stay in Dominican territory. In fact, Mazara and Alfaro have the same agent.
Nicknamed Acuamán by the high school students, he is so identified with the historic franchise that he shows it with pride and even walks part of the field carrying the Licey flag, as happened after finishing the clash last Wednesday in which they won the ticket to the final, after defeat the Giants 8-0.
He has connected several decisive hits for the cats and there could be more because Alfaro is simply in his moment.
Vicente commented that he had known Jorge Alfaro since his time in the Rookie League, when he had to face him as the manager.