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Randy Arozarena gives fans an unforgettable moment after robbing a house at the World Baseball Classic



Randy Arozarena continues to gravitate towards Mexico’s World Baseball Classic drama as he was at the center of the semi-final game against Japan on Monday night.

His attention to the fans at the fence behind him was later even better than the game.

Japan’s Kazuma Okamoto pitched deep to the left of Patrick Sandoval and the ball was flying towards the fence where Arozaren was waiting to see if he had a chance to catch the ball. As he fell, Arozarena timed his jump perfectly and grabbed the ball with his glove before it could fly over the home run fence.


Randy Arozarena #56 of Team Mexico vaults the wall for the final from the bottom of the fifth inning during the 2023 World Baseball Classic semi-finals between Mexico and Japan at Credit Depot Park on Monday, March 20, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Daniel Sheary/WBCI/MLB via Getty Images)

The robbery was met with an immediate roar from fans across Miami’s Depot Credit Park as Arozarena, who stars in MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays, simply stood there with a deadpan expression after the game. He finally smiled as he threw the ball back.

But as soon as the next batter came to the plate, and the crowd sent text messages and tweets to their phones, Arozarena was seen signing baseballs and flags for the Mexican team he plays for instead of Cuba while the game was still in progress. on the.

Arozarena chatted with the fans before putting the glove back on and moving into position for the next batter.


This world baseball classic brought a different energy to the football stadium than ever before, and some even say it’s a better atmosphere than the MLB World Series. In Mexico and Japan, frenzied fan bases went crazy over every strikeout, not to mention a home run… or a robbery in Arozarena’s case.

Randy Arozarena #56 of Team Mexico reacts to a single home run robbery off #25 Kazuma Okamoto of Team Japan in the fifth inning during the semi-final game of the 2023 World Baseball Classic at LoyedDepot Park on Monday, March 20, 2023, in Miami, Florida.

Randy Arozarena #56 of Team Mexico reacts to a single home run robbery off #25 Kazuma Okamoto of Team Japan in the fifth inning during the semi-final game of the 2023 World Baseball Classic at LoyedDepot Park on Monday, March 20, 2023, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Daniel Sheary/WBCI/MLB via Getty Images)

Arozarena was also a great player for the Mexican team he was supposed to be a part of. He is from Cuba, but after fleeing to Mexico before making it to MLB, Arozarena’s relationship with his home country is severed.

For years, relations between the US and Cuba have been strained due to the latter’s communist regime following Fidel Castro’s rise to power. This affected many things including sports, where Cuba banned professional baseball in the country, leading to many defectors heading to the US.


Today, players like Arozarena are the stars of the league, but in the eyes of their country, they seem disloyal due to leaving. The Cuban Baseball Federation allowed players who had defected to return to play for their national team in the WBC if they so desired, but Arozarena was not one of them.

Instead, he asked Mexico to grant him citizenship so he could play, which they did. It pays off for them too.

Arozarena was phenomenal for the team, hacking .421/.593/.842 with one homer, five doubles and nine RBIs in six games, entering Monday’s semi-finals.

#56 Mexico's Randy Arozarena returns to the sixth inning dugout against Japan during the World Baseball Classic Semifinals at CreditDepot Park on March 20, 2023 in Miami, Florida.

#56 Mexico’s Randy Arozarena returns to the sixth inning dugout against Japan during the World Baseball Classic Semifinals at CreditDepot Park on March 20, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

Arozarena’s success on the pitch led to Mexico winning the tournament, and he’s been enjoying it ever since he donned the El Tri jersey. Fans of the Mexican national team also welcomed him with open arms.


And a perfect example of his rise to fame among them was shown in left field in the middle of the game – a move simply unheard of in MLB.

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2023 College Basketball Coach Change: Big East Drama with Rick Pitino at St. John’s, Cooley at Georgetown



1 Outside: Mike Balado
Balado coached the Wolves for six years and fired him after his buyout was terminated in mid-March. The program last competed in the NCAA in 1999. Rumor has it that this job goes to Alabama assistant Brian Hodgson. 2 Outside: Mike Brennan
Brennan worked ten years at American. He made the NCAA in his first season there. A hiring decision is expected this week. 3 Outside: Jimmy Allen
The Black Knights played under Allen for seven years and were, for the most part, an average Patriot League team. This job requires a certain type of coach and obviously recruits certain players – guys who want to represent their country and visit it for reasons not related to basketball. 4 Outside: Nate James | IN: Corey Gipson
James quit less than two years after taking the job. The former Duke assistant went 17 games under .500 in two seasons (21-38), but Austin Pei was a transition job, moving from OVC to ASUN this season. Gipson quickly secured the job, and I was told through the negotiation process he was able to push for an aggressive wage pool. 5 Outside: Michael Huger | INStory by: Todd Simon
The Falcons hired Southern Utah coach Todd Simon, who had been 38–14 for his last three years with the Thunderbirds. Bowling Green is one of the toughest jobs at MAC. 6 Outside: Nathan Davis
Bucknell parted ways with Davis after eight seasons, including a 129-155 record and 2017 and 2018 NCAA Tournament appearances. Bucknell is arguably the best job in the Patriot League and will be pursued in the competition. I was told that his coach would be there by Wednesday. 7 Outside: Jim Whitesell
The Bulls made four NCAA Tournaments in five years under Bobby Hurley and Nate Oates, but under Whitesell, that momentum could not continue. The chronology of this is murky. 8th Outside: Desmond Oliver | IN: Brooks Savage
Two seasons ended for Oliver, who went 27-37. Not so long ago, ETSU participated in the NCAA tournaments and won SoCon under the leadership of Steve Forbes. So Savage, a former ETSU assistant at Forbes, gets a job on a four-year contract. 9 Outside: Brian Berg INStory by: Charlie Henry
The Eagles bring in Henry, an Alabama aide, to try and breathe life into what is arguably the worst Eagles program in the Sun Belt. Henry replaced Burg, who was on an oddly short leash and only got three years from athletic director Jared Benko. The Eagles have led 43-45 in three seasons. 10 Outside: Will Ryan IN: Sundance Weeks
Wicks, who has been an assistant coach at Wyoming for the past three seasons, is replacing Ryan, who was fired after going 2-19 this season. eleven Outside: G. G. Smith
Tubby Smith’s son was promoted to a full-time job a year ago but was fired after a 14-17 season. Like Bucknell in the Patriot League, High Point is a highly coveted job in the Greater South due to campus location and amenities. 12 Outside: Brett Nelson
Nelson went 27-84 in four seasons. The Crusaders, who are members of the Patriot League, have hosted one NCAA Tournament since 2007. 13 Outside: Zack Klaus | IN: Alex Pribble
Pribble, an assistant in Seattle, was hired to replace Klaus, who went 28-88 with the Vandals. Idaho is an attractive mid-range job in this part of the country right now because of the new facilities, but it’s traditionally a side team at Big Sky. 14 Outside: Steve Masiello
Jaspers, 11-16, had a poor campaign after Masiello was sacked on the cusp of the regular season. RaShawn Stores has done an amazing job in a very difficult situation and it remains to be seen if he gets promoted to a full-time position. (Seriously, what’s the delay?) 15 Outside: John Aiken | INStory by: Will Wade
Aiken was fired after just two seasons and an overall record of 22-45. Former coach Heath Schroyer is now AD and has decided Wade is worth the risk. Wade is awaiting an IRP decision due to his role in the LSU case in which he was caught wiretapping while talking about paying players. This verdict will be delivered in the spring. The day after his opening press conference, the school suspended Wade from summer recruitment and the first five games of the following season. 16 Outside: Bill Herrion
The UNH vacancy is open for the first time since the mid-2000s. Herrion’s contract was not renewed after going 227-303 for 18 seasons as Wildcats coach. 17 Outside: Brian Kennedy
A seven-year, one-season run above .500 (2018-19) resulted in Kennedy’s resignation on March 6. The Highlanders play in the American East, and this position is one of the last places in the conference. 18 Outside: Greg Hayar
The scourge of tragedy and abuse poisoned this program so much that the headmaster closed the season in February. A few days later, Hayar was rightfully fired in the midst of his first season. The school’s biggest attraction to potential candidates is its viability in the NCAA Tournament as a mid-major, with the Aggies having had a tournament-level team 11 times since 2007. It looks like Sam Houston State Coach Jason Hooten is the leader in the club here. 19 Outside: Will Jones
NC A&T is in the midst of a difficult transition from MEAC to the Big South and CAA in three years. Interim coach Philip Shumpert has kept the Aggies competitive in the league since Jones was fired. 20 Outside: Corey Gipson
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Simon left after going 65-28 overall and 38-14 over the past three years with the Thunderbirds taking over at Bowling Green. This team logo has evil energy. 22 Outside: Brian Gregory
The Bulls have had one season above .500 in six years under Gregory, who is leaving 79-107. USF is hard work in a (American) league that will bring in six more members this summer. It was rumored that Mike Bray got the job; if yes, then it can be done before Tuesday. 23 Outside: Aaron McKie
The former Temple star is 52-56 in four seasons and will remain a special advisor to the athletics department. Arthur Johnson’s AD comment: “Aaron has been an award-winning student-athlete, dedicated alumnus, husband, father, and dedicated Temple coach for the past nine seasons, both assistant and head coach. Each step in Aaron’s journey presented the university and the program in the best possible way. We are extremely grateful for his many years of service to Temple and the men’s basketball program.” Get Matt Langel before someone else does. 24 Outside: Steve Lutz
Two years, two NCAA tournaments, and now Lutz is heading to Western Kentucky. The Islanders concert is in a great location and probably the best work in Southland right now. 25 Outside: Greg Young | IN: CT Turner
Young was fired in February after less than two years on the job. Turner, who has excellent connections with recruiters throughout Texas, arrives after spending the last two seasons as an assistant in Kentucky and Oklahoma. He will be the program’s fifth player in seven years since he was fired by Scott Cross in 2018 (after winning 72 games in three seasons). 26 Outside: Rick Stansbury | IN: Steve Lutz
Stansbury’s race lasted seven years and included a .610 win percentage (139-89), but he became the first coach in program history to miss out on the NCAA Tournament. This is a good average work with a proud tradition. Lutz is looking to restore some roars to the area he is familiar with. This is a quality hire, and Lutz has a good recruiting eye. 27 Outside: Isaac Brown
Brown was the interim coach for the 2020–21 season and led Wichita State to the top four and landed a permanent job. Last two seasons: 32-28. The Shockers didn’t make the top 100 on KenPom. Former Maryland/Wichita State coach Mark Tergen is rumored to be interested in reopening, as are Furman coach Bob Ritchie and possibly Houston assistant head coach Kellen Sampson. The state of Wichita spreads its net wide. This is a key hire at a defining moment for the program. 28 Outside: Jay Macauley
Macauley Terriers had less than 2.5 seasons; he was forced out due to internal disagreements between him and his players. Since then, the team has been coached by Dwight Perry. Wofford went 16-15 in the regular season. Two names are associated with this: former App State assistant/current coach Dustin Kearns and former Wofford assistant/current Virginia Tech assistant Kevin Giltner. What’s taking so long?

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