The activity will recreate Roberto Clemente's hit 3,000 in a park in Aibonito. (Supplied)
48 years after the 3,000 hit of Puerto Rican star Roberto Clemente, the Department of Education will broadcast on its platforms from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm the activity “Roberto Clemente Effect” organized by the Ángel R. Díaz Colón school Saltos de Orocovis neighborhood.
The event, which has been held since 2004 on the campus of the central municipality, will be held virtually due to the pandemic. It can be seen on the Facebook page of Efecto Roberto Clemente, Zoom and Microsoft's Teams.
The physical education teacher and organizer of the activity Rafael “Rafy” Santos reported that all the presentations that celebrate the life and deed of Clemente were recorded.
Rafael “Rafy” Santos, physical education teacher and organizer of the activity.
“We have to acclimatize due to the pandemic. We will have prerecorded presentations, narratives, poems, tenths. Bryan Díaz, who bears a resemblance to Clemente, will recreate the scene from hit 3,000 at Hermanos Marrero park in Aibonito. We want to highlight Clemente beyond the athlete. He put the numbers despite his injuries, he was discriminated against for being Latino and black. The most important thing for the children is that they know both what he did on the field and what he did outside to help preserve his legacy, ”Santos told El Nuevo Día.
After the recorded presentations, a forum moderated by historian Jossie Alvarado will be presented along with former major league Carlos Baerga and Clemente's son, Luis Roberto. Alex Cora, a former manager of the Boston Red Sox, was invited to the conservatory.
In addition, actor Modesto Lacén will present the movie “3,000”.
The Secretary of Education, Eligio Hernández, endorsed and invited all of the island's schools to join the activity on Wednesday morning.
On September 30, 1972, Clemente hit the 3,000th hit – the last of his career before his tragic death in a plane crash carrying supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake – at the Pittsburgh Pirates' Three Rivers Stadium, becoming at the time the eleventh player in the majors to achieve the feat.