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Tavarez--the X rated version?

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  May 17, 2007 01:03 PM

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While talking to Julian Tavarez the other day about his impoverished upbringing in the Dominican -- he never went to school, sold newspapers, cleaned shoes and helped his dad, a construction worker -- Tavarez sheepishly admitted he had an odd ambition as a kid. If he couldn't be a baseball player, he said, he thought he might have a future as an adult movie star.

We're not talking about aspiring to be the next Gary Cooper, either. The way Julian explained it, he was exposed to a lot of that stuff as a kid, and saw it as a way to a better life. Can't say I pursued that narrative line...but another unexpected dimension to quite a character.

Anyway, Julian went 3 up and 3 down in the second.

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