By Full Swing
One of the most popular industrialist players has undoubtedly been Yasser Gómez, who after having even been in the national team decided to take the path of emigration for more than ten years and start his career as a professional.
After leaving by sea in 2008 his sports and social life was not easy in exile, along with the pain of separating for a long time from his family in Cuba with whom he always had a very special bond. It was without a doubt very strong to leave behind such important people in her life as her parents Richard and Lola, her siblings and especially her child Yasser Patrick.
The punishment of not being able to return to the island for eight years was very strong for him, who could not even say goodbye to his father before his death, and logically, although in California he started a new family, the fact of not being able to hug again At that time, his first-born was not something he had to face until he was allowed to step on Cuban territory.
And then a time went by without seeing the pandemic and the political problems between Cuba and the United States as the main responsible for the new physical distancing that finally ended and for an indefinite time.
According to the former gardener himself, his son, who was no longer a child, had just arrived in the United States, which undoubtedly has unleashed the excessive joy of the three-time national champion with Industriales, in addition to his Olympic medal in Sydney 2000 and the world title in Taiwan 2001.
Yasser Patrick, the fruit of the alliance of the now retired professional baseball player with the daughter of the prominent actor Manolín Álvarez, tried to follow in Cuba in his father’s footsteps with his presence in the minor categories in which he looked quite good.
Since Yasser went to Cuba in 2017, he had not seen the junior. With 17 years and an indisputable talent by tradition and by his own abilities, it is possible that very soon there will be news of his connection with North American baseball.
Named Patrick for being the name of an Australian who established a great friendship with Yasser Sr. as a result of the Intercontinental Cup in Sydney in 1999, he will now begin a new life with one of the best rangers in Cuba between 1998 and 2008.
Baptized as “La Espuma” or “La Espada”, Yasser Gomez He broke through with success from his own National Series debut following his 1997-98 Rookie of the Year designation in his only appearance with Metropolitans. The native of Centro Habana was transferred to Industriales the following year and that definitely catapulted him to stellar planes even though his presence in the main national team barely lasted three years.
Defensively, he had in his possession all the tools to excel in any of the three outfields. A luxurious arm, along with his security and elite displacement, were combined with an offense where the only weak point was his lack of power for numbers of home runs to the middle ground or not being a good stealer for the speed of his losses. But his formidable touch and high ability to direct the ball to any area of the field made him one of the best when it comes to reaching base. In 11 seasons, he posted an excellent average of 355 with 1,152 hits.
Differences between Yasser and the leadership of baseball in the country, be it the National Commission or certain coaches, marginalized him after 2002 to return to a first-rate international event. Such treatment despite outstanding performance almost year after year made him make the decision to leave the Island illegally by sea together to the pitcher Yadel Martí.
Perhaps in the current era he would have found more options to rise to the top echelon of the Major League system, but it was a different era in which Cuban hitters had to fully shine in the Minors or be in an organization with many needs. He never went beyond the AA of the Atlanta Braves until he was left without a contract in 2011 and was forced to agree with various Independent Leagues.
In 2013 he played an international tournament of great importance but in a different way, since his Spanish ancestry allowed him to represent the Iberian squad in the World Classic in which there were other Cubans, including the industrialist Bárbaro Cañizares.
Long ago he settled in Los Angeles, California, where he has maintained a very quiet life and in perennial contact with many of his teammates in Cuban baseball.