Apparently, last month Roberto was arrested on charges of using a false identity to obtain a visa. He's since been put on the Indians' restricted list, but is hoping to receive a pardon so he can rejoin his baseball team. Oh yeah, and he's also three years older than he was claiming. Huge surprise there, right?
I blame the Indians for this. I mean, I blame Roberto first and foremost, but I blame the Indians for not doing their due diligence on this guy. I don't want to accuse all Dominican players of falsifying their information to come play in the states, but it seems to happen on a pretty regular basis. And the players that do this are giving their fellow Dominicans a bad rep. Maybe back in the day, it was an easier crime to get away with, but there's so much media and so much connectivity through the internet that if you are any kind of recognizable character, your every move can be traced.
I hope the young baseball players take heed... it seems like a good idea to tell your team that you're younger. Unfortunately, when the truth comes out as it so often does, you just end up looking like an ass.
It's fine. My only vivid memory of Fausto Roberto Carmona Hernandez Heredia is this:
Yup. That's Fausto's reaction to giving up JD Drew's 2007 ALCS grand slam. Thanks for the memories, whatever your name is!