Juan Bobo and His Criollos de Caguas

Posted: January 16, 2013 in Recent Posts
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Juan Bobo and His Criollos de Caguas

Juan Bobo managed the Criollos de Caguas, the worst team in the Puerto Rico winter baseball league. The Criollos had won fourteen Puerto Rico pennants and three Caribbean World Series, but you’d never know it by this bunch.
Don Q, the starting pitcher, had a 98 mph fast ball but was usually half-drunk and utterly unpredictable.

Juan Bobo & Don QThe starting pitcher Don Q 

Pitrós, the catcher, had a huge family to feed and was the hardest working Criollo. He had two concussions and four cracked ribs from defending home plate.

Pitrós saves a run, cracks a rib

Flaco Navaja, the first baseman, was very mean-tempered and known to stab base runners.

Flaco feels he was safe

Perico had a cocaine habit and autonomic dysreflexia, which sent him into seizures at shortstop. This was helpful in hit and run situations but otherwise useless.

Perico the shortstop

Wilson the third baseman had no arm, was the worst fielder on the team, but had an uncanny ability to steal running signals and the other team’s equipment. Thanks to Wilson, most of the games ended in an all-out brawl.

Wilson steals home, then home plate, then a catcher’s mitt

The Criollos didn’t mind getting arrested because the sheriff of Caguas served good wine in his prison. But Juan Bobo was running out of bail money.

The Chronicles of Juan Bobo

  1. Sinforoso Alicea says:

    Este blog es tremendo. Ea diantre, Juan Bobo!

  2. Michael Rydzik says:

    This is one helluva baseball game — a 12 foot elephant, an ant colony under first base, and a third baseman who steals the other team’s equipment. Ya gotta love it!

  3. Charles H. Allen says:

    I rather enjoy this hooliganism. Bring it on, Juan.

  4. Blanca Martir, NYC says:

    We still read JUAN BOBO stories at Casita Maria! I’m glad I found this!

  5. Genoveva Pabon says:

    I enjoy baseball stories. This one has a lot of excitement and originality. Keep up the good work!

  6. Michael O'Brien says:

    Juan Bobo has a nice feel. I’d like to have a pint with him.

  7. Barbara Adler says:

    Few characters are this original. I see a whole world unfolding around JUAN BOBO. Nicely done!

  8. Ronnie Cabrera says:

    THIS is a baseball team!

  9. Joe Sanchez says:

    Billy Martin would have been proud to play with and, manage the Criollos de Caguas. Off the field he imbibed. On and off the field he loved to brawl.

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