The Vice President of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, reported that her regime will pay tribute to the Puerto Rican baseball player and now the country’s national hero, Roberto Clemente, this coming Friday, December 30, at the National Baseball Stadium, renamed “Sovereignty.”
“This Friday, we have a tribute to the brother, national hero Roberto Clemente at the Soberanía Stadium, Soberanía National Stadium,” said Murillo in his speech by the official media this Tuesday, December 27.
“How does that word (Sovereignty) describe us, that term, Nicaragua is sovereign, Nicaragua is beautiful, Nicaragua is ours by the grace of God,” he stressed.
Related news: Roberto Clemente declared a “national hero” of Nicaragua
On December 6, in the midst of a campaign of virulent attacks against the glory of Nicaraguan baseball, Dennis Martínez, the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo ordered their steamroller of deputies to declare Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente a national hero.
The initiative was sent with “urgency procedure” by the dictator to the National Assembly. Murillo announced the declaration of Roberto Clemente as a national hero just a week after he ordered the removal of the name of Dennis Martínez from the facade of the Nicaraguan National Baseball Stadium.
This coming December 31 will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash in which he was transporting a shipment of humanitarian aid for the victims of the 1972 Managua earthquake.
The professional player, a few weeks before his death, had entered the privileged group of players with more than 3,000 hits, a mark within the reach of very few batters.
Also, one year after his death, Clemente was elected to the American Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Puerto Rican played in the right fielder position and spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB), a team with which he won two baseball world series.