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.