|The Barranquilla Kid|
The Giants have been a long-suffering, hard-working team, and they deserved to finally be champs. As for Rentería, he stayed in the game and hit the series-winning home run despite a snapped tendon in his left arm.
It's interesting to see a Colombian sports hero who doesn't play futbol , is the national passion. But perhaps not so surprising, considering Colombia's disappointing performance in international soccer. While baseball is big in Venezuela, in Colombia it's a regional sport played on the Caribbean coast - where Baranquilla-native Renteria come from.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogota Bike Tours