Salazar: Questioning the Conquistadores

From SABR member Anthony Salazar at La Vida Baseball on April 12, 2018:

I’ve been a fan of the Everett AquaSox since they became the bottom-rung Minor League Baseball (MiLB) affiliate of my hometown Seattle Mariners more than 20 years ago. The “Frogs,” as they are affectionately known, play in the summer Northwest League, which includes teams in Washington, Oregon and Idaho: from the Eugene Emeralds and Hillsboro Hops to the Tri-City Dust Devils and Boise Hawks.

What generally makes games at Everett fun and exciting is the closeness you feel to the players when rooting them on to victory, both in terms of proximity and how they represent a sense of your own identity.

I like the AquaSox so much that several years and a couple of owners ago, I worked with the team to help market a Latino-oriented promotion geared to the local Hispanic community. We had mariachis and folklórico dancers on the field and the ballpark concourse, plus a host of other things that made the day pretty fun, from Latino food served in concession stands to Latino baseball trivia contests in-between innings.

But thanks to an upcoming promotion, Latino fans of the AquaSox — me included — have to be rethinking their allegiances.

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Originally published: April 12, 2018. Last Updated: April 12, 2018.