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In Day 1 of Spring Mets 2.0 training



In Day 1 of Spring Mets 2.0 training

Citi Field is open for baseball on Friday, complete with hand sanitizer near every foul line, markers and social distance masks for players and staff.

About 113 days after the COVID-19 spring training closed, the Mets returned to training for the 2020 season which they hoped would be realized. More than three staggered sessions which began at 9 am and were set to conclude 12 hours later, the familiar sound of the meeting ball bat and thumping skin echoed throughout the almost empty playground.

“It’s hard to see my teammates and be [distanced] “from them, so that’s the hard part about all the protocols,” Wilson Ramos said after morning training. “But at the same time I am happy to be here and do what I like, especially here at Citi Field because it is home.”

Ramos destroyed the first hitting practice homer from spring 2.0 training, a shot into the center of the field that hit a black retaining wall in front of an apple. He joined fellow captors Tomas Nido and Rene Rivera in a cage before moving to work with the pitchers.

Manager Luis Rojas holds a Zoom pre-training meeting with players scattered in different rooms, only to set the tone for the camp and offer reminders about security restrictions.

The players are allowed to use the weight rooms in the house and clubhouse of visitors in small groups and an emergency cardio training area is created behind the right field fence. Additional rubber pitching, on the slope, is placed in the warning lane in front of the bullpens.

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“Once we reach the field, it’s almost like a campsite,” Rojas said. “We’re out there and keeping our distance, but once they start playing catching and throwing balls at BP … it feels pretty normal for us.”

Ramos and Edwin Diaz are some of the Mets players who chose to leave their families while attending this three-week session. Ramos, who lives in South Florida, has a 6-month-old son and mentioned the comfort of a swimming pool in the backyard and a playground near his home. Diaz, who lives in Puerto Rico, called it a “collaborative decision” with his family that he would travel to New York alone.

The regular season will begin July 23-24 with matches that are likely to be played in an empty baseball stadium.

“I have the same mentality as all athletes: we would rather have fans here at the ballpark,” Diaz said. “That is our goal of playing, but there is no pressure, with fans or without fans. I need to do my job and I know fans understand that. This is for our safety and their safety. “

Ramos said positive vibrations on Day 1.

“People I talk to, they feel good,” he said. “They feel confident to be here. Today is the first day and we don’t get many opportunities to talk, but everything I saw today feels good and I feel happy to be here exercising. I understand the part that we must respect. We must separate, but at the same time we must be mentally close. “

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Ramos compared the 60-match season with the type of schedule he faced playing winter ball in Venezuela as a younger player. The Mets will play their entire schedule against NL East and AL East, minimizing travel.

“I know when you play in that short season, you have to think about it and I will tell my teammates how to play a short season,” Ramos said. “You don’t wait until the next day. You have to go there and play hard every day.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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