Juan Bobo, Filadelfo and His Magic Accordion

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Recent Posts
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Juan Bobo, Filadelfo 

and His Magic Accordion

Every day, before every game, the Criollos de Caguas had to awaken Filadelfo the accordion player. He was always snoring in right field, wrapped in a tattered blanket, sleeping off a drunk.
Filadelfo had toured with Mantovani, but now he played only one tune when intoxicated – En Mi Viejo San Juan. When very drunk he also remembered fragments of Mendelssohn’s Spring Song.

Filadelfo when sober

As the only high-brow musician in the whole town, Filadelfo possessed a just celebrity. He was brilliant and industrious – his sons and daughters were innumerable – but the artistic temperament was too much for him.
On February 9, 2012, Filadelfo was passed out, and draped like an “L” over a bench. He refused to wake up. But the mayor of Caguas was there for  the big game, so Juan Bobo had no choice, and he ordered the ground crew to throw a bucket of ice water on Filadelfo.

Juan Bobo & Don QHe refused to wake up

The accordionist sprang up in a rage, and placed a curse on both teams. “You’re all in a hurry?” he yelled. “Okay, so keep on hurrying!”
From that point on, the baseball game became very strange. Every batter on both teams connected with the first pitch, for either an immediate hit or an immediate out. 

They hit every pitch

The game proceeded at lightning speed and, by the end of the day, the game was tied at 24-24 after 59 innings. The Criollos pitcher Don Q was becoming a nervous wreck, and started drinking Bacardi in the dugout.
Everyone in the stadium had heard Filadelfo, and they started whispering that “the curse of Filadelfo” had taken over the game.
Juan Bobo had never seen anything like it.

The Chronicles of Juan Bobo

  1. Mary Prokop says:

    This is a funny, witty, very original blog. I’m looking forward to more mishaps and misadventures from Juan Bobo

  2. Pura Belpre says:

    There was a “Filadelfo” type in my own family. He is now a garage mechanic in Boca Raton.

  3. Ed Wiskovitch says:

    Take me out to THIS ballgame! This is a blast.

  4. Jennifer Powell says:

    I love Love LOVE this blog.

  5. Margaret Hildebrand says:

    We stock several JUAN BOBO books in the Long Beach, CA public library. They’re quite popular and this blog is a nice companion.

  6. Minerva Estrada says:


  7. Lorenzo Deodato says:

    JUAN BOBO baseball game keeps getting better and better!

  8. Pedro Paramo says:

    I get it – this is a magic realist baseball game.

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