Eric Pardinho was playing racquetball on the beaches of Brazil one day when he was a child. It was at this moment his uncle noticed something — his nephew could hit a ball pretty well.
“My uncle saw me and said, ‘You should play baseball,'” Pardinho said through an interpreter.
Pardinho was eventually taken to a baseball field and thus began his love affair with the game. While the 15-year-old pitcher doesn’t necessarily rely on his hitting skills anymore, he is part of a new crop of Brazilians playing baseball instead of the nation’s most popular sport — soccer. Continue reading “Baseball is Gaining Popularity in Brazil”