Dominican Republic athletes participated in the Tokyo Olympics. There was a streak of fifteen Olympics in a row that this country attended.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Games had to be moved from their original dates of 24 July to 9 August 2020 to 23 July to 8 August 2021.
With some success, but no gold, the Dominican Republic came away from the Summer Olympics with three silver medals and two bronze medals.
Dominican Sensation Julio Rodriguez: Baseball in His Blood and Olympic Medals on His Mind
Still only 20, Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez is well on his way to becoming a Major League Baseball superstar.
The first thing on his mind is the Olympic baseball tournament currently underway in Tokyo, where his native Dominican Republic (located in the Caribbean) has a 1–2 record.
Rodriguez grew up in the rural area of Loma de Cabrera, close to the Haitian border.
And he says that it’s not uncommon for street games to sprout out of thin air in the back streets there and in the larger cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago.
In the beginning, all I had was a tennis ball and some cardboard to use as a glove and head out to the field with my pals.
Olympics-Baseball-Dominican Republic Win Bronze Medal in 10-6 Win Over South Korea
The Dominican Republic baseball team defeated South Korea 10-6 to claim the bronze medal at the Olympics.
On Saturday, the Dominican Republic earned the bronze medal in baseball after a 10-6 victory over South Korea thanks to two great innings at the plate sandwiching South Korea’s one major rally.
Many of the Caribbean nation’s 11 million citizens grew up playing baseball, with the impoverished utilising bottle caps or whatever they could find on the streets for a homemade ball.
After losing to the United States in the semi-finals of the baseball tournament at Tokyo 2020, South Korea’s hopes of earning a second consecutive gold medal at the Games were dashed.
The Dominican Republic evened its record at Tokyo 2020 with a 1-0 victory over Mexico on Friday, thanks to the efforts of some famous former Major League Baseball players.
Melky Cabrera, a former outfielder for the New York Yankees, drove in the Dominican Republic’s lone run with a line drive to left field in the fifth inning.
After that, in the next inning, former Toronto Blue Jays infielder Jose Bautista, now playing left field for the Dominican side.
Threw out a runner from Mexico named Isaac Rodriguez who was trying to score on a double. The call beat Mexico’s video challenge.