News and opinions
30 July 2012
Alberto Navarro (Los Ángeles)
Following the first training session of the day, Real Madrid had a fun and improvised go at baseball on the lawn of the North Athletic Field at UCLA's facilities. Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra, players from Arizona Diamond Backs, visited the Real Madrid team and greeted the players. Some of the Whites even dared to have a go with the baseball bat and glove which the two Venezuelan sportsmen had brought along. Kaká, Higuaín, Callejón, Xabi Alonso…were pitchers and improvised batters and many of them showed great promise in the sport.
Gerardo Parra, a player from Arizona Diamond Backs, expressed his delight at meeting the players from Real Madrid and having the opportunity to be at one of José Mourinho's training sessions: “It's an honour to be here watching the best team in the world training and being close to the players". His team-mate Miguel Montero, a catcher, said he was also a fan of the white team: "I'm a fan of Spanish football and of Real Madrid. Today I'm playing in Los Angeles and I've taken advantage of today to see them training".
In the end, both were surprised at the promise Xabi Alonso showed and applauded the skill the Real Madrid player demonstrated with the bat: "We’ve been speaking with him and he told us that one day he went to a baseball match and got really into it. That encouraged him to play the sport with batting machines and that's why he's so good with the bat".