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Cervelli posts message of peace for Venezuela

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Cervelli Venezuela

Before today’s game, a group of Yankees players gathered for a picture just outside of the team’s indoor batting cages. They came from Japan, Cuba, California and the Dominican Republic to show support for teammates sending a message of peace back home in Venezuela.

“We’re not trying to be in politics or whatever, because I don’t believe in politics, I just play baseball,” Francisco Cervelli said. “But I care about my people. My mom and dad are still there, and I’m always praying for them to be safe every day. It’s a little message just for peace and no more people dead.”

Protests in Venezuela have turned violent and deadly, and Cervelli was following the lead of other athletes who have posted similar messages through social media. He posted the picture to his Instagram account before today’s game. He said he had no problem with me adding it to the blog. Just helps spread the message.

“I follow (the news) all the time,” Cervelli said. “The only way you follow is Instagram or people send you videos. They’ve been fighting a lot, and those students are amazing. I’m not part of it. We’ve got so many people dying. It’s not what we do. That’s not the way my family raised me.”

Cervelli is one of seven Venezuelan players in Yankees camp along with Jose Campos, Ramon Flores, Francisco Arcia, Jose Gil, Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte. For the picture, they were joined by several teammates including CC Sabathia (from the U.S.), Ichiro Suzuki (Japan), Adonis Garcia (Cuba) and Eduardo Nunez (Dominican Republic).

“Latin people have always been one,” Cervelli said. “We are brothers, and everywhere we go, we make noise. We talk loud. That’s the way we do things. … We had other guys, one from Japan, another from here. I spend more time with these guys than my family, so we are a family. These are the people I have been working (with) for the last four years, so I think everybody feels the same thing.”





56 Responses to “Cervelli posts message of peace for Venezuela”

  1. Ys Guy February 27th, 2014 at 8:23 pm


  2. pkyankfan69 February 27th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Very cool… I’m sure this will be extra special for Luis when he gets the opportunity to see it.

  3. jmills February 27th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    That’s beautiful, sure to give our dear friends Luis and jmv a boost through the wires!( Almost enough to convert me to the dark side ) Blue Jays, do something!

  4. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 8:30 pm




  5. mick February 27th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Power to the People.

  6. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    they were joined by several teammates including CC Sabathia (from the U.S.), Ichiro Suzuki (Japan), Adonis Garcia (Cuba) and Eduardo Nunez (Dominican Republic).


    Big respect guys, for joining in

  7. Mike_Boston February 27th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    FYI re internet speed and I also had issues to start off, useing Firefox with a high speed LAN connection and after a few minutes of good video it crapped out and just spun. I switched to Chrome and didn’t have another problem. You might want to try a different browser if you have no luck with current one. The other thing to consider is it was the first day where thousands of users tuned in and they might have added new hardware/software that MLB is trying to integrate. Anything north of dial up should be enough in terms of bandwidth for viewing.

  8. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks Mike.

  9. jmills February 27th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Seeing that message makes me even happier I finally got that pink Yankees hat ordered for my kid.

  10. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    For whatever reason, I’ve always had better luck running on Chrome

  11. bigdan22 February 27th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Ok. Submitted for your approval:

    Suppose this is all by design. Suppose Hal has purposefully decided to give his lieutenants only 85% of what they need and has asked them to supply the rest. Why? Because it really doesn’t take much talent to sign a Beltran or Ellsbury. You just bid more than the next guy. But building a team with the Annas and Nunezs of world now that takes real skill. If Hal were to give Cashman every dollar he needed to make the easy choices, what would he learn about Cashman? Shouldn’t everybody have to earn their money?

    So you say, why is Hal playing dice with his team? Well its not like the season ends April 15th. There’s plenty of time to reassess and change course. But won’t that cost him more to fix these known problems later? Sure, but it’s not like he’s short of resources here. I bet Jeter’s retirement alone is $20-30MM in found money. This is just a price that Hal’s willing to pay to find out who he has working for him.


  12. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    jmills February 27th, 2014 at 8:46 pm
    Seeing that message makes me even happier I finally got that pink Yankees hat ordered for my kid.


    jmills – :) Good to see you tonight.

  13. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 8:53 pm


    If he doesn’t know by now he isn’t nearly as smart as people think he is.

    Cashman already has a long track record.

    There should be little doubt about his ability or lack thereof IMO.


  14. jmills February 27th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Et toi, chicken, you’re a primary component of that hat, thanks for your time and consideration.

  15. yankeefeminista February 27th, 2014 at 8:53 pm


  16. Chip February 27th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    To the question of what the four non-McCann catchers can bring you from another thread.

    I think Cervelli gets you a Jeff Keppinger/Logan Forsythe type. The established bench player who is never going to be better than a bench player.

    Romine could probably get a minor leaguer of some value but not much…think his brother who is a AAAA utility infielder for the Angels but does have some upside value.

    Murphy could probably get a legitimate young player. Not a star prospect, but a player who has established himself as someone who is going to play at this level.

    Sanchez gets you another top level prospect who is as far away from the majors as he is or he gets you (as part of a package) a quality major leaguer. The level of that major leaguer depends on the rest of the package with him and also on the situation of the team. Maybe a Nick Franklin or Dustin Ackley.

  17. BoJo February 27th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    bigdan22 February 27th, 2014 at 8:48 pm
    Ok. Submitted for your approval:
    Someone here has to say “In the Twilight Zone….”

  18. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Bigdan – interesting take. Not sure I’m onboard (I can’t see Hal rolling the dice in that way on his team’s success or failure) but not outside the realm of possibility

  19. jmv February 27th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Hola a todos

    Thank you very much. Every word of support means a lot. It feels like an embrace, give us strength, and the most important of all, it gives us hope. I came by as soon as I was notified (thanks, tocayo!)

    Thank you, Cervelli. Thank you, Chad. And thanks to all the supportive Yankees

  20. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    jmills – looking forward to seeing you in June. Initially, I was disappointed that I couldn’t be there earlier…. but, after spending this week in the freezing cold/snow of Syracuse, I’m thinking June sounds really good! :)

  21. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 9:04 pm


    Stay safe. God bless.


  22. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Hola jmv! Godspeed. Stay safe. The lohud community is thinking of you!

  23. Doreen February 27th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Or to see what he might get from the players he already has. It is possible he doesn’t have to spend more, which would be great. And if he does have to, well, yeah, he has that money.

    There is a limit to how many players you can amass “just in case.”. It’s not efficient.

  24. Doreen February 27th, 2014 at 9:06 pm


    Godspeed, be safe.

  25. jmills February 27th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    jmv! May the spirit of Ayrton Senna be with you ! :D

    chicken, things worked out for you, we’re in a forever deep freeze here, I ran from the parking lot for lunch today :)

  26. massjake February 27th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    FYI. The MLB Network is replaying today’s Yankee game. Just started

  27. yankeefeminista February 27th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hi jmv, thinking of you and praying for you daily. Pruf shared your email, and my heart goes out to you and your country. Luis as also kept me updated on the going-ons. Stay safe!

  28. BoJo February 27th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I wouldn’t be so quick to trade Cervelli. I’m vvery curious to see what he can provide this year after a very strong start last year. If he plays to that level, he might allow McCann to get more rest at DH or BU 1B,

  29. yankeefeminista February 27th, 2014 at 9:15 pm


  30. DaSaint007 February 27th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Great post! Great stance taken by Cervelli.

    My heart and prayers go out to the people of Venezuela, Ukraine, and elsewhere there is strife and oppression.

    May you and your families stay safe, Luis and JMV.

  31. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    God bless, jmv. It always feels good to see you posting!

    As for this season, I have the perfect slogan:



  32. Blojaldo February 27th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Jerkface February 27th, 2014 at 8:16 pm
    They cut payroll. That 500 million isn’t pumped into this season, its spread out over 7 seasons.

    The important consideration is that they collared the highest percentage by far of the premiere free agents available and committed $500 million dollars in the process. They went out and got terrific ballplayers to improve the team. That they managed to reduce payroll this season is a credit to their superb business acumen, one that befits the ownership of the greatest and most successful sports franchise in history both on the field and off. In my opinion we are a better team and time will tell how it all shakes out this year.

  33. luis February 27th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Good evening guys,

    Thank you Chad, thank you Cervelli… Thank you all… I just got an e-mail talking about this thread…It means the world to us.


    How did mason Williams looked at the plate?..How about Jeter, is he moving well?

    To all…Thanks for the very touching posts the past few days

  34. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Luis, good to see you and jmv on the same night! Stay safe and please reach out if there is anything I can do!

  35. braeburn February 27th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    and to think luis took heat the other night for talking about the venezuelan situation on the blog.

  36. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    So Luis.

    Give us the lowdown.

    Where are things at IYO ?

  37. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 9:41 pm


    Mi casa es su casa.

    Sabes ?


  38. charlestonchew February 27th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Not sure how folks here feel about this stuff (and sorry if this offends), but if folks don’t have the money for and don’t have any way to see the yanks, I hear there are ways to find streams online that are free. They’re probably illegal, of course, but I haven’t noticed a pattern of enforcement.

    It can be a way to connect a person to the team they love.

  39. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    braeburn – I like to look for the good in people. Hopefully, folks are now more aware of the situation

  40. jmv February 27th, 2014 at 9:52 pm


    We know. I just hope Luis doesn’t snore


    thank you. Feel free to e-mail any time

    Thanks to Trisha, Doreen, DaSaint, Tar, austinmac, Glenn, Tocayo and to all the others I’m missing

  41. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 9:53 pm


    Don’t waste your time w me.


  42. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 9:54 pm


    I hear he likes to cuddle.


  43. luis February 27th, 2014 at 9:54 pm


    Today we had a rally and it ended up being repressed again, 20 injured but no fatalities…They were using expired tear gas and green gas canisters..They are running out if it I guess… If you have asked me yesterday or ealier today, I would have said that maybe things would be turning for the worse…But now I am certain that this regime will fall…They had a so-called “Peace Conference” last night promoted by Maduro…There were several opposition personalities ( I called them collaborators )… It was a show to try to ease the protests and gain some time…But they are so dumb, they used repression during and right after the show…Today was a confirmation that they won’t relent… To top it all, Russia announced today that they plan to open a Military Base here ( I guess that’s a message to the US to back away from Ukraine )…The Constitution forbids such base, so this will rattle some feathers…If the protests continue, eventually they will be forced to step down…Especially since they have to take certain economic measures that will be very unpopular ( they need to raise the gas price for example ).

    I am very hopeful to tell you the truth…How is it going to end?…I don’t know…There will be more bloodshed..The Country will be in shambles, but at least we will have hope for a better future.

  44. jmv February 27th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Luis, bueno saber Que estás bien. Ten cuidado

  45. luis February 27th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I do snore…But I don’t like to cuddle, unless it is my beautiful wife!

  46. luis February 27th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Hola jmv,

    No te he llamado, porque no creo que sea seguro…Todo bien por tu casa?

  47. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for the update Luis.

    May the good Lord protect and keep all of you.


  48. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 10:00 pm


    I hope your instincts are correct.


  49. luis February 27th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Oh I forgot…They ordered the arrest of Lopez’s second in command “Carlos Vecchio”…They are basically banning the party “Voluntad Popular”

  50. chicken_stanley February 27th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Mike – the good in you is plain to see (sorry – that probably sounds a bit hokey, but true)

  51. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 10:05 pm


    I want to trade a catcher for a young SS is that OK w you ?

    I need your stamp of approval.


  52. jmv February 27th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Luis, no hay problema. BBM is safer. Encrypted. Stay away from Zello.

    MTU, that trade is a must

  53. jmv February 27th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    New post——————–

  54. pft2 February 27th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    If this is going to be a political blog so be it.

    From the other side it should be noted Venezuela provides free health care and education , including college , and has reduced poverty over the last decade. It is under economic attack by forces that hope to loot the country and these opposition forces are behind much of the violence. It’s escalated since Chavez died since they sense weakness and recent actions to protect the people from price gouging as a result of the orchestrated economic attacks have been unpopular among the business class

    This is not to say the government has handled things properly and that that the actions against the protesters were not heavy handed, yet we saw a lot of that here in the 60′s and did not need a coup to move forward

  55. luis February 27th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Since McCann is signed..In theory makes sense…Depends who we get and who we trade

  56. MTU February 27th, 2014 at 10:14 pm


    Vikings are on as we speak.

    You are too kind.

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