Fernando Valenzuela received the news yesterday with pride that he had been selected as one of the winners of the National Sports Award, in a week of festivities for him, which began with the Dodgers title last Tuesday and that will have its great closing this Sunday to celebrate his 60 years.
They spoke to me to give me the news that I had been chosen as the winner of the National Sports Award and that news made me very happy because there are so many outstanding players and athletes in Mexico and being chosen is a source of pride for me, ”El Toro said excitedly Valenzuela in a telephone interview with Excelsior.
The top Mexican baseball player will receive the distinction on November 20 in a ceremony led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as part of the celebrations for the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.
Hopefully everything is fine, that the current situation of covid-19 allows it to be able to travel. We hope we can be there and greet everyone ”.
Valenzuela said that the postseason was spent “locked up at home” due to the pandemic and that was how he saw the Dodgers’ coronation.
It’s a pretty nice week. Dodgers won the World Series. The fans had always been supporting and it had not been possible to materialize. Now that the team has won, people are happy in the Los Angeles area, ”he said.
El Toro de Etchohuaquila said the key to the title was that the Dodgers played like a real team, while highlighting the participation of Mexicans Julio Urías and Víctor González.
Julio has always had confidence, he underwent surgery on his throwing arm and it is a great merit for him to continue throwing because it is a fairly strong rehabilitation and you must have concentration so as not to lose the courage to continue and do things well. Right now we are seeing what he worked to recover, I hope they continue giving him opportunities which is what he deserves for this performance.
I didn’t know Victor very much, but he is a pitcher who has courage and challenges the batter, which is the most important thing, to have that confidence in his pitches ”.
Valenzuela, who currently serves as the Dodgers’ Spanish-language television commentator, opined that there is a player base to think that the Los Angeles team could win more championships.
There are youth, some players will be in the organization for at least five years, so let’s hope other championships will come ”.
-Will he receive a champion ring?
We hope so, on the occasions that the Dodgers were National League champions, I did get a ring. It is part of the honor of being champion, although it is very different to win it on the mound ”.
Fernando Valenzuela will receive the National Sports Award for the first time and it will be in the category of sports career.
- The Sonoran generated the Fernandomanía in 1981 by winning the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and the World Series.
- He is the Mexican with the most wins in the Major Leagues with 173.
- He was selected to six All-Star Games.
- He had 2,074 strikeouts in his 17-season career.
- He was inducted into the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
- He was included in the selection of the best Latinos of all time in the Major Leagues.
- His number 34 is retired from all the teams in the Mexican Baseball League.
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