Every time I write about baseball in Brazil, there is just more and more and more cool stuff to write about. Take tonight, for instance: Andre Rienzo became the first Brazilian to pitch in MLB. Yes, we’ve been tracking Andre for a while now and have seen him do his thing in person (in the WBC qualifiers in Panama last year).
Coming off a no hitter in Triple A last week, Rienzo was called up yesterday by the White Sox when they were all but ready to trade out Jake Peavy. Chicago scratched Peavy from the start and gave Rienzo the rock, and Rienzo delivered. Other than a couple of walks that lead to some unearned runs, Rienzo was virtually flawless: 7 innings with 6 K’s and 0 earned runs.
Of course, as if Cristo Redentor deemed it so, on the other side of the field tonight was Rienzo’s Brazil national team battery mate, The Yanimal. Yan Gomes not only got a knock off Rienzo, but then closed the game with a bang for the Indians with an RBI double.
Thus, the first MLB showdown between two Brazilians concluded, and history was made. And it wasn’t just some ho-hum appearance by both guys; it was like Nene banging against Splitter, or maybe Neymar going against Kaka? Maybe not that big, but for those who care about baseball in Brazil, it was big enough.
I started this blog in January 2010, with the hope that I would someday see Brazilian baseball players burst on in to the MLB scene, with legions of batucada oozing Brazilian fans right behind them. Well, the players have started to show up, sooner than I honestly imagined, now I’m waiting for the batucada in Cleveland, Chicago, Tampa, KC, Seattle and other MLB cities where you’re probably going to start seeing Brazilian players pop up on the big league roster in the near future.
O NOVO jogo bonito…valeu!