Sports

The Ever-Growing Fuentes Family

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For the past nine years, the Fuentes Family in San Jose has been hosting players for the San Jose Giants, the Single-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The relationships that players and host families build last of years beyond the hosting arrangement.

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Behind the plate: The life of a Bay Area umpire

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Wayne Yoshitomi knew only English and his grandfather mostly spoke Japanese, but they didn’t need to talk on summer nights in the mid-1960s when the San Francisco Giants were playing. At the kitchen table or in the backyard of their family’s Richmond neighborhood flat, 6-year-old Yoshitomi and his grandpa would tune in a Zenith transistor radio. Shigeo Ogawa would play solitaire as Russ Hodges narrated the game, yelling “Bye Bye Baby!” to call a home run. Their shared love of baseball is the only strong memory Yoshitomi has of his grandfather, who passed away in the 1980s. Baseball has since taken Yoshitomi around the country, meeting others who share his…

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