Sport: Bateador of the Giants

The game is beisbol. The lanzador stands on the lomita and throws the pelota to the bateador, who tries to hit it over the heads of the jardineros with a mighty swing of his palo. If he hits it over the fence, he gets a cuadrangular and the home-town fanáticos go wild with joy.

Even as it is played in the U.S., baseball has a decidedly Latin flavor, with scores of ballplayers from south of the border scattered around the big leagues. And nowhere is the Latin influence more noticeable than in San Francisco—where a flashy band of lanzadores, jardineros and bateadores...

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