Yasiel Puig – mega-talented right fielder of the Los Angeles Dodgers – and as of this writing and finishing of this painting may be destined to leave the Dodgers in s trade. Here are a couple of links to other sites that write about the rumors more clearly than I ever could – as I am a sports artist and not a writer. I only try to provide a little background to the paintings I paint. So if you are interested in what may happen or want to see what people were guessing before whatever happen, did happen, then check out these two links:
Yasiel Puig Migration to US
As most of you who are reading this know that Yasiel Puig left the island of Cuba and was smuggled into the United States with the help of people with special interests in Miami and Cancun. Even with outside help, by anyone’s imagination, it must have been a trip and risk that few would be willing to take. People make the trip for a variety of reasons – but most do so for economic or political motives. And, apparently there is a lot of crazy stories surrounding Yasiel Puig’s migration to the United States. If you are at all interested in what Yasiel Puig faced in his travels to the United States, you might wish to read the article attached to the following link. http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10781144/no-one-walks-island-los-angeles-dodgers-yasiel-puig-journey-cuba
Short Bio of Yasiel Puig
He grew up in Cienfuegos, and played for the Cuban national team in the 2008 World Junior Championship, where they won a bronze medal. He then played in the Cuban National Series, but a failed attempt at defecting to the United States had him out for a season as punishment. He then tried several more times to defect to Mexico (so as to get to the U.S. by land), finally succeeding in 2012. Puig signed with the Dodgers in 2012.
About the Painting
The painting by sports artist John Robertson is approximately 4 feet by 6 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas
Ryne Sandberg My Niece’s Favorite Player
The “Ryno” Ryne Sandberg played second baseman for the Chicago Cubs. I painted this sports art for my niece as a wedding present. My sister lived in Chicago for a number of years and, as I remember, she went to graduate school there also. She is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and when her first daughter was born she named her Ryne after Ryne Sandberg. Although they eventually moved away from the Chicago area they continued to be fans of Chicago. Knowing that I am a sports artist, my niece asked for a Chicago Cubs painting. So I have surprised her with this baseball painting.
Ryne Sandberg Major Accomplishments
Ryne Sandberg was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2005; he was formally inducted in ceremonies on July 31, 2005. He was a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991. His career .989 fielding percentage is a major-league record at second base
Quotes from Ryne Sandberg
In his July 31, 2005, Cooperstown, NY Baseball Hall of Fame speech he said, “The reason I am here, they tell me, is that I played the game a certain way, that I played the game the way it was supposed to be played. I don’t know about that, but I do know this: I had too much respect for the game to play it any other way, and if there was there is a single reason I am here today, it is because of one word, “respect.”¹ I love to play baseball. I’m a baseball player. I’ve always been a baseball player. I’m still a baseball player. That’s who I am.”
One of my favorite quotes from Ryne Sandberg is because it has more meaning in to life and not just baseball. He said, “In baseball, there’s always the next day.” There is always the next day to move on with your life. Don’t let the past haunt and weigh you down. I like that thought.
The John Robertson Sports Art painting is 48″ by 63″ acrylic on unstretched canvas.