LULAC CONGRATULATES THE HOUSTON ASTROS TEAM ON WORLD SERIES WIN WITH ITS 15 LATINO PLAYERS
Nation's Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Salutes Team's Diversity with Mexican, Venezuelan, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban Afro-Latino Star Athletes
Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) took a time out this weekend from its steady civil rights work to champion advocacy through sports that reflect America's growing diversity. The 2022 Major League Baseball World Series winners, the Houston Astros, have millions of Latinos across the country cheering a team that has some of the most recognized Latino and Afro-Latino baseball players in professional sports.
"Today, diehard Latino baseball fans in Houston, across Texas, and the nation are screaming Puro Astros!" says Domingo García, LULAC national president. "With all this Latino talent, maybe we should start calling the team Los Astros de Houston! A look at the roster says it all. They have José Urquidy from Mexico, Bryan Abreu, Cristian Javier, Héctor Neris, Framber Valdez, and Jeremy Peña from the Dominican Republic. Also, three Cubans are on the team, including Yuli Gurriel, Aledmys Díaz, and Yordan Alvarez. From Puerto Rico, the Astros have two catchers, Christian Vázquez, and Martin Maldonado. José Altuve and Luis García are from Venezuela, and Mauricio Dubón is from Honduras. This is only the second time in 60 seasons that the team wins the World Series, and for all Latino baseball fans across the country and Puerto Rico, there is a great sense of pride that the team is us!" says Garcia.
"Congratulations to the Houston Astros for their World Series victory and for having a Latina on their team roster with Julia Morales as the Astros' official field reporter," says Lupe Torres, LULAC national board member and vice-president for the Southwest. "Ms. Morales has shown during her ten years reporting on the Astros that she is very knowledgeable of the game, adds wonderful color commentary to the coverage, and is adept in two cultures and two languages. She is an outstanding role model for millions of Latina youths and women that they can achieve the pinnacle too," says Torres.
Photo Credit: Julia Morales Facebook Page
"Texas LULAC adds its voice to the felicidades to Los Astros," says Rodolfo Rosales Jr., Texas LULAC state director. "Baseball is a tremendous pastime favorite in many Latin American countries and our Latino culture across the USA and Puerto Rico. We cannot say enough about how our young children and teenagers in sports look up to these athletes because they also look and speak like them. When they wear that uniform, all the Astros are one team, and that message inspires our kids to believe they belong and can achieve great things along with everyone else in America," adds Rosales.