Victor Padilla

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Victor grew up in Cataño, Puerto Rico. His parents separated when he was 5. After leaving his father’s home to look for his mom, desperate and confused, Victor became homeless. He spent his youth playing baseball and making friends. Victor was taken-in by a local baseball coach and made a home for himself. His new mother brought him to the States where Victor found his calling playing professional baseball. Victor reflects on his defining childhood and his adulthood as a youth in New York. He raised his family there until he ultimately found his home in Ohio. As an older gentleman the pandemic worries him. He worries about his family’s safety and the Latino community. Because of the mixed responses to the virus, Victor finds it difficult to understand COVID-19 and the precautions he should take. Now that he is retired his dream is to move back to Puerto Rico.  

 

Víctor creció en Cataño, Puerto Rico. Sus padres se separaron cuando él tenía 5 años. Después de dejar la casa de su padre para buscar a su madre, desesperado y confundido, Víctor se quedó sin hogar. Pasó su juventud jugando béisbol y haciendo amigos. Víctor fue acogido por un entrenador de béisbol local y se hizo un hogar. Su nueva madre lo llevó a Estados Unidos, donde Victor encontró su vocación jugando béisbol profesional. Víctor reflexiona sobre su infancia definitoria y su edad adulta cuando era joven en Nueva York. Crió a su familia allí hasta que finalmente encontró su hogar en Ohio. Como hombre mayor, le preocupa la pandemia. Le preocupa la seguridad de su familia y la comunidad latina. Debido a las respuestas mixtas al virus, a Víctor le resulta difícil comprender el COVID-19 y las precauciones que debe tomar. Ahora que está jubilado, su sueño es regresar a Puerto Rico.