Magic Accordion

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Recent Posts
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Juan bobo

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.

DrunkHe 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. Filadedelfo may not realize it, nor may the overworked staff of the Criollos, but he is a national treasure. Like most of us, he just needs better management. He needs to be brought to Washington, given a bottle, placed in the US Senate, and then rudely awakened. Then he needs to form his own PAC and take contributions. I think in no time he would be deep in his own stash of Bacardi 8 year old gold.

  2. Wito Pacheco says:

    Filadelfo is a very powerful witch doctor from the town of Guayama.

    Juan Bobo better be careful with him.

  3. Joe Sanchez says:

    Filadelfo, Don Q, Juan Bobo, and the whole team are a bunch of Bacchanalia partygoers. Juan Bobo being numero uno Bacchus. Play Ball!

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