Diunte: Paul Casanova, 75, was everyone’s ‘hermano’

From SABR member Nick Diunte at La Vida Baseball on August 14, 2017:

It never mattered when I walked in the door, the response was always the same: Whatever he was doing, he would stop, get up, and give me a thousand-dollar smile and a warm hug, folding me into his 6’4” frame.

It didn’t matter to him that I usually came unannounced, or only a few times a year. What did matter was how long I was staying. And he would always ask the question, “When are we going to see you again?”

Each time we parted, I would tell him that I would be back during the next break from teaching, and the response was always, “We’ll be expecting you.”

That was the spirit of Paulino “Paul” Casanova, who was born in Perico, Cuba, and died Saturday in Miami at 75 of cardiorespiratory complications.

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Originally published: August 14, 2017. Last Updated: August 14, 2017.