Cienfuegos, Cuba.- The jersey of Yadier Pedroso, the Cuban pitcher who died last March, will be exhibited during each game in the dugout of Sancti Spíritus, as a posthumous tribute. Pedroso, who defended the colours of Artemisa, was chosen to play as reinforcement for this province in the second stage of the 52nd Cuban national baseball series.
Yovani Aragón, manager of Sancti Spiritus (The Roosters), told the press this gesture is a way of remembering the outstanding athlete, who died in a car accident recently.
Pedroso would have been 27 on April 9th and he is remembered all around Cuba as a humble and hard-working young man.
Aragon pointed out that Pedroso had informed him his intention of wearing number 99 with Sancti Spíritus, due to his favourite number (62) was already taken by pitcher Yoarislevis Panama.
The news of his death shocked us all, and we decided to always show in the dugout his shirt, which also bears his surname, Aragon said.
The coach also added that during the III World Baseball Classic, Pedroso told Frederich Cepeda his joy for being selected by Sancti Spíritus to reinforce its pitching staff.
Although he was not at his best, Pedrosito as he was known, was one of the pitchers with more potential in Cuba, and we were proud to have him on our team, Aragon noted.
Aragon also said when they go to play in Pinar del Rio they will make a stop at Artemisa to give Pedroso´s parents the shirt that would identify him as a "Rooster".
Yuniesky Gourriel, Sancti Spiritus centerfielder, told this is a simple tribute, but it is also a gesture full of feeling by his team.
Yadier Pedroso González (1986- 2013) was considered among the best Cuban pitchers and represented Cuba in several international events, including two WBC and one Olympics.