Pedro Martinez doesn’t hold grudges but …

Screen shot 2015-05-05 at 9.08.14 PMLord knows I’m no fan of Pedro Martinez or the Boston Red Sox, but I must say this NPR interview with the Dominican-born pitching great on All Things Considered has me seeing him in a different light.

Why? Although he says he doesn’t hold grudges, he says he’ll never tip his hat at Fenway Park again because they booed him once. WOMP. 😉

Martinez was on to promote his new memoir Pedro (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2015).

But seriously, he surprised me. He admits he’s a fan of Roger Clemens, and he also goes on to explain that haunting “Yankees ‘are my daddy'” comment. He chalks it up to a bad translation of a Dominican saying meaning someone has your number.

People from Barranquilla, Colombia, (where my parents are from) also have that saying, and it’s why the battle hymn for our local football team, JĂșnior de Barranquilla, is “Junior tu papĂĄ!” So it definitely translates, Pedro.

Anyway, listen to the interview below. He actually makes the team I disliked so much sound … fun? (Yep. I surprised myself.) And read an excerpt of it here via Sports Illustrated.

Another immigration success story #WaHI #Dominican

wander2aWander Cedeño is first generation Dominican American and Washington Heights-native whose family came to the United States 30 years ago. Now he’s bound for a position with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C., where he will be an economist covering energy and chemicals.

The 25-year-old Fordham University double alumnus spent most of the past year as a New York City Urban Fellow in the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, where, among other things, he helped assess and catalog the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in Manhattan parks.

Read more here.

New videos: Juan Bago and O

Cannot. Stop. Laughing.

Uptown Manhattan’s spoofmeisters extraordinaire are back with three new videos.

“Hooked on Hookah” has me bopping at my desk. (Update: This is a spoof of a song called “Papa Dios Me Dijo” by a Dominican artist who goes by Secreto. I’ve seen Secreto’s name on flyers of the various clubs my brother and his DJ friends spin at, but I wasn’t familiar with his music.)

The chorus is so damn catchy:

Estån esperando que se apage este fuego, pa prender el otro.
Prende la hookah; dale mas plomo!”

I think my favorite part of the song is O’s sheer passion when he sings about hookah flavors. Ha! He is SERIOUS about his manzana y tamarindo.

And fresh off Dominican parade Sunday, enjoy “Quisqueya,” which has Juan Bago displaying some Zumba-like dance moves.

Finally, this duo has become quite astute at spoofing Kanye West songs. Here, they share their version of “Theraflu” with an ode to the Latino cure-for-all, Vicks Vapor Rub. But we Latinos don’t call it that. It’s “Vivaporu.” Read an interview with Bago and O on Univision’s Tumblr here. Video below.

Watch Bago and O’s other spoof videos, including favorites, “Pan con Queso” and “Dominis in the Heights,” on Vimeo, here. A link to the pair’s YouTube channel is here.