recently signed a letter of intent to attend Arizona U in Tucson, playing big
league ball is his goal. Papa Jos� says that he would like to see Tavo spend at
least two years in college. But he adds that if his son is drafted high and the
money is good, Tavo might sign. "If I play college baseball, I'd like to
play here [in Tucson] because I know people and feel comfortable now, even
though Mexico is still my home," says Alvarez.
leftfield fence at Cherry Field, home of the Badgers, is a bronze equestrian
statue of Eusebio Kino, a 17th-century Jesuit priest and early settler of
Arizona and northern Mexico. In a 1989 game against Santa Rita High, Alvarez
hit a home run that sailed over the leftfield fence above the light tower,
cleared a second fence, then an arroyo, and finally landed near the Kino
Talk of the blast
was all over town the next day. Just for the heck of it, with a TV crew on hand
to film the search, two Tucson High players went looking for the ball. They
found it well past the park area in a street intersection. "It had to have
gone 500 feet," says Romero. "Nobody who was here that night can forget
doesn't think the homer was such a big deal. "I started running and looked
up and saw it go behind the lights," he says, shrugging. "It was a
pretty good hit."
Some say the ball
almost hit Kino's horse on the backside. Think of it as one settler saying
hello to another.