There was nothing routine about this catch by Yasiel Puig. Watch: atmlb.com/1iucwBL
Moments before this incredible catch, Puig dropped a routine fly ball but recovered it with enough time to throw the runner out at second.
Yasiel is an amazing talent to follow.
Fuck all the haters. Yasiel Puig forever!
I’m reposting a translation of an article which has received a bit of attention in Brazil and a lot of attention in Denmark but which I haven’t seen published in English yet.
It’s a story by a Danish journalist who came out to Brazil in September 2013 to live his dream - to be a journalist covering the highs and lows of the World Cup in Brazil.
He returned home to Denmark yesterday, disgusted at what he had seen on his travels, and offering to give his France Ecuador Group E ticket to anyone who wanted it.
He says that the reason for his change of heart is that he discovered on a trip to Fortaleza that street children were being ‘disappeared’ as a way of ‘cleansing’ city streets and making the whole show more attractive for tourists.
I’ve translated his article from the Portuguese below which was published today (15 April) in the regional newspaper - Tribuna de Ceará.
The World Cup - A big illusion prepared for the gringos
Almost 2 and a half years ago I was dreaming about covering the World Cup in Brazil. The best sport in the world in a wonderful country. I made a plan and went to study in Brazil, I learnt Portuguese and I was ready to return.
I returned in September 2013. The dream would come true. But today, 2 months before the World Cup party, I decided that I wasn’t going to stay here. The dream had turned into a nightmare.
During 5 months here I documented the consequences of the World Cup. There were many: forced removals, the armed forces and military police in communities, corruption, social projects closing down. I discovered that all the projects and changes are only for people like me - a gringo - and the international press. I am being used to impress the world.
In March, I was in Fortaleza in order to get to know what is currently the most violent of the World Cup host cities. I spoke with some people who put me in contact with some street kids, and I started finding out that some of them are being ‘disappeared’. Many times, they are killed when they are sleeping at night in an area with lots of tourists. Why? In order to leave the city clean for gringos and for the international press? For me?
In Fortaleza I met with Allison, 13 years old, who lives on the streets. A guy with a very difficult life. He didn’t have anything - just a packet of peanuts. When we met he offered me all that he had, meaning, the peanuts. That guy, who had nothing to offer was offering me the only thing of value that he had to a gringo who was carrying filming equipment to value of US$4000 and a Master Card in his pocket. Unbelievable.
But his life is in danger because of people like me. He runs the risks of becoming the next victim of the cleansing that happens in the city of Fortaleza.
I cannot cover this event after finding out that the price of the World Cup isn’t only the most expensive in history in dollars - it also has a price that I am convinced includes the lives of young children.
Today I am returning to Denmark and I will not return to Brazil. My presence is only contributing to the unpleasant show in Brazil. A show that two and a half years ago I was dreaming of being a part of, but today I am going to do everything in my power in order to criticise and focus on the real price of the World Cup in Brazil.
Does anyone want two tickets for the France Ecuador match on the 25th June?
Mikkel Johnson - Independent journalist from Denmark.
You can read the original version in Portuguese on the following site: