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Hot Time, Summer in the City
2008-06-07 15:40
by Alex Belth
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I went to the Farmer's Market on 207th street in Inwood this morning and then walked across the street to Inwood park and watched some baseball.  That was where I met Luis Santana (above), pictured alongside his grandson (below).  Louie grew up in the Dyckman projects with Lew Alcindor; his older brother played in the minors briefly with the Montreal Expos.  Louie works as a porter in a hospital out in Brooklyn.  He makes sure to come to all of his grandson's games.  Says the kid, who plays shortstop and pitches, is good.  The two were at the field hours before the boy's game.  Just too damn hot to go to the Parade today, Louie says. 

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At one point, Louie grabs his grandson's bottle of Gatorade and takes a drink.  The boy says, "Aw, Grandpa, it's too hot to be sharing drinks."

Louie chuckles and says, "That's okay, cause in a little while it's gunna be too hot to be paying for any drinks." 

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 Pepper Games Allowed.

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Meanwhile, at the market, the best stuff I saw today was some nice fresh greens, asparagus, rhubarb, and some baby beets.

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Comments
2008-06-07 19:25:55
1.   vockins
Barely appropriate, everyone should go to Vieques before some Trump wannabe buys the whole damn island and turns it into a golf course. I just got back a week ago and it was phenomenal.
2008-06-07 21:19:26
2.   Cliff Corcoran
1 Amen. That beautiful little island was the best part of my trip to Puerto Rico, which was a great trip all around. Be sure to go to the phosphorescent bay, which may be gone before you get another chance.
2008-06-08 04:59:34
3.   jonnystrongleg
Great pics Alex! Down there every Saturday w/ the wife and kid. Sorry we missed you yesterday!
2008-06-08 05:57:51
4.   Nick from Washington Heights
I played on those fields! Actually, I practiced usually on the ones you see near the kids playing pepper. I played on the field that is at the southern end of the park, with the dark red "bleachers" surrounding it. The uniforms have changed, if they are, in fact, playing for Inwood Little League.

Anyway, nice post, Alex. It brought back the memories.

2008-06-08 08:06:35
5.   Dimelo
4 I still go and play on those fields. I love Inwood....as a kid, it was always a treat when my mom would take me to Inwood, despite living 7 blocks away. On the block I couldn't play stickball, football or shoot hoops through the fire escape ladder w/o the Super complaining to my mother and family.

But when my mom would take me to Inwood...it always felt like all restrictions were lifted. Just another day at the park...

I love taking a walk in the park and seeing these kids rallying behind each other, but I can't help but wonder what path their lives will take and how growing up that area, or any inner city neighborhood, is all about overcoming adversity and trying not to get sucked into all the negativity.

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