Latin players bring worldwide attention to World Series



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Posted on October 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 10:41 AM

ARLINGTON — Take one look around The Ballpark in Arlington and you see their names everywhere: Cruz. Beltre. Pujols.

There are 17 Latin players in the 2011 World Series. Eight of the players are from the Dominican Republic.

Dionisio Soldevia is a Dominican sports writer. "People love them there," he said. "They look up to them."

The players are becoming fan favorites here in the United States as well. Children scream for their autographs.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is Dominican. "We love this game; we have passion for it," he said.

We also caught up with Dominican Nelson Cruz in the dugout. He said he hopes to set an example for children.

Pujols and Cruz have batted their way into baseball history among some of baseball's greats for generations to come.

Nelson Cruz and his Texas teammates took time out before Sunday night's game to thank fans. Cruz signed his name on baseballs. Yorvit Torrealba actually sat on top of the dugout to chat with fans and sign some mementos. We also spotted Adrian Beltre greeting fans.