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#25 Cristian Moreno Play by Play Sport Commentator BrianVee Whywework

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Cristian Moreno is a bilingual Sports Journalist and Broadcaster who does Play-by-play, color commentating, reporting, hosting and anchoring of sporting events. After spending over a decade working in Broadcast and Journalism for top networks and smaller media outlets, Cristian knows what stories truly drive fan passion, which play calling creates memories, and interviews as entertaining as informative—and it’s not mastering the audience of the week, It’s how well you connect with the audience in a consistent basis to keep a high drive flow of engaged and loyal crowd. Cristian has landed coverage in broadcast and print outlets around the world, including DAZN, ESPN Deportes, IVC Networks, Combate Americas, Bein sports ES, La Vida Baseball, Revolver Podcasts, AME TV, and CDN. His breaking news reports have been featured in Fox, Yahoo, CBS Sports, Bleacher report, and Sporting news. In addition to his extensive Sportscasting and Journalism experience, Cristian is an accomplished master of ceremonies and voice over actor. Cristian holds a BA in communications and journalism from the Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo.   

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Welcome to why we work, with your host, Brian V, as he speaks to people like you from all over the world, as we together dive deeper into our motivations, struggles, joys, seemingly missteps, hopes, warnings and advice which will be an encouragement to us all to get up, get going and keep on working. Working's tough, but working is good. Now here's your host to why we work, Brian V. I'm Brian V, and this is why we work, and I have the great pleasure of interviewing Kristin Mordino. Good day find sir. Well, good day to you and to all the people that actually get the watches. I'm very happy to get the chance to be here, a bit late, I must say, but hey, I made it. No, you were not late at all. You you were. What do you have there now? Eight hundred and seventy eight eight old, sorry at night, and I'm only the we or, you know, seven o'clock in the morning ate it maybe, maybe now. So our family is just getting going here and auguests being kind of vacation time. So you're Nice, not hindering me at all, and it was probably good so I can help get the family going so Christian. I thank you for coming here and again I always feel a little bit obligated to mention we met through Linkedin and I that to be a great resource for people trying to make connections and whatever field and whatever they're trying to do, if it's innovation, podcasting, you know, commentating, any sort of industry, seems to be out there. Right. Can you talk about your your experience with Linkedin for a moment? Well, I want to say I joined Linkedin HM, maybe seven years ago or so. Six, seven years sounds about right. I must say I find it very interesting about the platform actually brings to the table. In contrast to what you were saying, it's really, really efficient. It's a very practical layout. You don't have the complications that necessarily other platforms that jop seeking. If anything, my present this feels like a I find it sometimes, if you're in a job, a vocation, whatever, you might see the that you get it through social media and they classify any and every of these type of let's a similar platform. But I feel like linkedin in many ways, and I'm not the experted yeah area, but from what I've seen, Lincoln is the one that's much more personalized as far as the layout of a social media if I'm compromising the efficiency for the job seeking purpose, very good. I agree with you. It's it's been good. I've only been on it a few weeks or, you know, a month or so, but it's proven to be helpful at the very least. Can you go back, Christen, and we're talking here at why we work, about work and how we get on our journey in life, and I'd like to talk a little bit later about what you're doing now, but can you maybe give us a little you know where you're from and your first job and how old you were when you first start working? Sure. Well, I'm Dominican, the Great Island of Manican Republic, and hence precisely while you're seeing this background, it's beautiful. Yeah, man, so pretty much I've been in the business for a good fourteen years now. It seems like it would be yesterday, fourteen plus actually, and it all began precisely when I was in my cradle. Literally, I pretty much have been into sports since I was a baby, and you might even say it's and it's my James By my dad was very big and some sports, specially, much more so. Unsurprisingly, sold the baseball. HMM. But my introduction to sports came through my Aunti Grandma, that she was precisely the one that would take care of me when my mom was working. So she was very, very, very pretty much in Ticon, energetic as you can be with her teams. especially the Gravitas for her would be in basketball and baseball. So my introduction was...

...to the basketball that was locally the level of basketball still when I was growing up. That was kind of like the exit, if anything, of the higher level M S and through the S I I like to think, and unbiased opinion, there was a fair amount of Latino players that had the NBA potential, but there was not the inclusiveness yet. That legitimately came when the NBA acknowledge that hey, we can't only market one player because then Jordan will retire seven million times and we have no backup. And obviously they started the kickoff. So level of basketball was very big into the Minigan and Argentina, Porto Rico, Brazil, in the the Medican. I think it's never picked up as high as it was, especially in that time. That that it's not good. Now it's good to put back then. Again, I think we could have had a good amount of NBA level players and in baseball, obviously winter ball also was much more competitive back in the day. You still had a lot of players that were going back with big cartel names. If anything. I mean, since the money was not as big still back then, you you had an emergence of names that you're like wow, I mean heck, it was only in one thousand nine hundred and eighty, three years before I was born that the dollar and did the Minigan Paco start being on par. HMM, and you had some players that they would make more money going to play down there a few months. Half the time they would actually play an MLB. So it made a lot of financial sense as well, not to mention the amenities and commodities. They obviously got that to enjoy. So yeah, I got a lot of good quality basketball and baseball to begin my journey as a baby, and I ended up moving to New York when I was eight. That served me very well as far as including much more the beyond casual fan to other sports, and I started a pretty much jumping into all the other sports. It was great. I mean you you were fed, especially local TV being as big as it was back in the day, as much as many people would not understand that nowadays, especially the kids, but local TV was huge. I mean all all that. You got, the boxing fights, the soccer, everything that was all around. Of course, the Great New York giants in the S and so forth. So I was fed a lot of great things. I think it was pretty much putting two and two together and actually acknowledging it's for I wanted to play, but that was not necessarily going to be always Bible. I have a deficiency in that does not her me and whatsoever for normal life. In My quots I don't produce the same level of calcium. Maybe later in life, when I age, that might be an issue whatnot, but for a normal life, if anything. I trained well in the gym. I don't have chicken legs, thank you, thankfully, and whatnot, so it doesn't affect that regard. But I could never actually step it up to the point that you actually need if you want to go pro which you really have to go through that, because I would just get exhausted from my knees eventually. So it was like I didn't have that health enough to actually make that extra push. So it really it's frustrating because you love something so much, especially because I played multiple sports and I was pretty good at them, but never could you actually cross that bridge. So it came to be. Okay, what do you want to do? That still keeps you in the field of something you actually love. So sorry, Christian, when, when you were eight years old, you went to the United States, what was the reasoning? Obviously wasn't your sole purpose. It was probably your parents or grandparents. What was the sole reasoning for going over or coming over? So it was precisely one thousand nine hundred and ninety five, August, right around this time, back in ninety five, and you were eight at the time. Yet yeah, I want to say it was heck, maybe right around these days. I think maybe August eighteen ninety five might have been. If memories are doing well, do you remember like this big move, like some sort of transition at that time? I mean as a kid, I guess you don't soaked in as much of what's it it's going to mean in so many ways. It is kind of weird because you do acknowledge that you're going to be away from the friends, you might have a family and whatnot. But I guess it...

...doesn't hit you that strong still in that period I did obviously notice, oh well, I'm going to be away, but again it doesn't hit you as hard as it might attat later you haven't maybe developed those stronger bonds. HMM. And obviously it was pretty much trying to seek a better quality of life in date out. Thankfully we were able to arrive and everything we already had everything legally documented through the family per se. That came from my grandma itself. She actually inquired for us and whatnot. So it was an easy process, in difference to other immigrants that, unfortunately, life actually just stems them to try for it, for for any other methods and and you know, like I feel for them and I understand them. If I would be in set circumstance, you know, it's like it's one of those like the steroid scandals. It's like, you know, if you would be on their shoes, you probably would do exactly the same thing, if we're going to be straight up honest. So if you know, as you say, that I think it's a point that we shouldn't move over. I say that a lot of boat. You know, leaders of countries or you know, whatever it is like. If, especially if you were born into the family and then you become you know, you know, whatever you want to call it, the god of that country. If you do the same shoes, you might find yourself doing a very similar thing right, like, if you're surrounded by that culture. And mean it's hard to for someone to grasp and say, Oh, yes, I would do that thing. But if you know from infancy, if you're brought up a certain way or like in the baseball culture at that time, whatever it is, if you're surrounded by it, you know that temptation is there. And if not, you know there was nothing else that you would have known to do right. I mean, it's one of those things. And since you actually made the mention to baseball, unfortunately the MINIGAN has as many. I even had this conversation not long ago in this decade, definitely wave of Venezuelan front. I was like, Hey, you know, I mean you guys had a great, great with petroleum and everything, but in many ways that the Miniican the only reason where poverty actually presents itself as the level it does. It's because of the political corruption that has existed throughout the passing of time, because when you actually see all the resources we have there each shouldn't make any type of sense that the country is in the state and level of poverty levels that actually does. percent so that has been to tie in directly. Also, that has been hand in hand with something that I think a lot of these people, when they actually are judgmental, they don't take into consideration. I'm not justifying uncontrolled birth populations, but that the Minigan does have that situation and you know, it's like it's one of those situations if your brother number, I don't know, eight of twelve or whatever, are you really going to think, Oh, my morale and whatnot, it's going to be compromised if I use these theirs, though, you're actually just going to think what's best for your family and you're going to go ahead and use it. You know, it's very easy to sit in a desk very far away and and maybe be farm really from Stanford, yeah, whatever, and have these strong opinions without actually being familiar to the instance. I'm not justifying it, yeah, but I'm just saying if we be in those shoes, we probably do the same, you know, if not worky. I know, yeah, if not worse. I think that's its. People like, oh no, I would never do that. You have to be a shoes really know. It's like you got that was a baseball player back in the day. I'd be like double fiston steroids. I mean just just my character, like, what do you mean? Step's gonna make me a few million and I'm gonna, you know, win some batting titles. Did you see the thirty that ESPN put out of Sammy and McGuire, I believe? I believe a while ago. Yes, so I had a conversation with a fellow countryman and he understood documentarily totally incorrect from what it was, and he was like, oh, I mean Sammy Sosa was the spearhead to actually lifting baseball. Why did McGuire get much more screen time? That's discrimination. Whatnott, I would like. You really don't get it. Listen, let me give you my opinion, being in the industry, so you can actually understand what happened and did not mentor what happened to documentary. Is what follows. Yes, McGuire was the mostly feature. The run time for him him was much more. Now I have to take into account why. First McGuire was halfway. Halfway, is actually being very considered destroyed and...

...the documentary he was pretty much present that as bad as you can present someone so. So, on the other hand, even though he has led less run time as I was expecting, he was totally protecting the documentary. It was very visible that he controlled the questions that he was going to answer and they was going to be very specific on what he was going to state. At the end, when the documentary is actually finishing up, he actually says something that he said it sometimes throughout the passing the times, but sometimes you can say something and you can either hear or listen. You choose which one you do, and he tells you straight up. I don't know why I'm actually being chased so much because of something that everyone was doing and they chase me so much. And it's like, okay, I mean you still have people getting positive today where, yeah, where they're super technology. So it's like okay, so that's the thing and I think you always have to see things as much as you can unbiased. Yeah, from their perspective, and documentary and I think documented for anything in life. If you only see it, I'm going to be heard because my countryman was not that's like. No, the contrary. He was a big winner. He was persented. He is possibly a, if not the most charismatic player we've seen, top three for shure all time, but he was very well guarded and protected. It was like he was almost like Hulk Hogan to go up in and throw wrestling protected levels. It's like know you you have to put yourself in the other seat so you can actually have a better view, and that applies to anything and everything. You always have to see everything from every perspective. That applies to any avenue of life. I agree, Christian, and this is how this podcast works, is to get into your shoes in to understand your perspective, to give the encouragement to others, because we don't always have to be mean. We don't need famous people to learn lessons. No, you came over to the states in when you were eight and then you were still active in sports. Did you find yourself? When did you get a job, like start paying and working job? What was your first job that you had? So job per se? I guess I would just depend on the formalities of how we would actually classified. One thing that I always had. Yeah, since very early on. I always had a very, very businessman approached the life. So I did a lot of small time things of anything, like I would sell juice during the summer and I would off the prices. How old did them? Know? Those are great things I got. Those should never be because I hope there's some kids that listen by you know, my kids listen and say hey, I can sell this, I can do this, I can make some money, you know, and learn the value of a how old were you when you were selling juice? I was that was ninety seven, so I was really nine or ten or whatever. I mean, let's be clear. You were just talking about baseball. It wasn't the juice. Yeah, I'm not that juice, not the going secretary, the kid that lineups around the block. These kids came back both. I Oh, oh, that's broke. Now that's great. Like nine or ten selling juice it. You know, that's yeah, that's what I'm talking about, not like, okay, you know, legally I'm supposed to work here at seventeen team from this hour there is I want like when we making money and what was driving you to do that? And here's the thing. I I did that. I also had a well, I mean nowadays you don't get those as much, but there was a comic book store that also sell used to sell trading cards. Yeah, same in my to yeah, I used to, especially around that time when pokemon actually went bagm so I would buy both sports trading cards and the POKEMON car HMM, and I would pretty much to go ahead and take a look at the trends on how they work and I would up scale that price significantly. Now, the funny thing is wherewise I actually getting the the money? I child to a single mother, and so what I was doing I would actually pay attention to everyone that drank beer. Yeah, in the building, and I just say that our Puerto Rican neighbors, they definitely like one particular brand a lot of the drink. We have a lot of religiousness. So I would actually tell it, take...

...attention and just pretty much look when they would actually pick their garbage out. And the thing is that I haven't seen those machines around forever. You remember those recycling machines? I I had a C town in New York supermarket. I would take it and they would pay you for recycling. MMM, I think it's been forever and ever and probably when they noticed that there was probably people that we're making somewhat money, more than they expected. Yeah, and they pretty much knocked the idea out. So what was the machine? Oh, what was the machine? The machine would pay you depending on the type of thing you took it, if it was a two leader bottle or small can of be or whatever it was. You know. So depending on the one you actually set it would pay you. But at that point you would get paid as much as a dollar sometimes if you actually took like a two or three lider. Yeah, I think it was like a buck or bucking twenty five at one point whatever. And the camps, I think it was like fifty cents whatever to sorry, are you gathering the bottles and then bringing them to this became attention. Yeah, when they picked their garbage out. Yeah, so I'm just pretty much taking the backs when they because they would leave it out. Yeah, yeah, grabbing their round Lord would actually grab the the garbage from the people that didn't throw them in the bin. Yeah, so when I would do is I knew what time the landlord would actually do so I would actually go ahead and scale ahead, boom and there I would go. The seat town was run something sels like three, four blocks away, yeah, or block Soh boom. I would go ahead and well, how old are you at this time? Yeah, that's around that time when I'm the leather send the trading cards and everything. That's where I was getting my capital front. And my mom actually tells me, where did you get the money from, which was one of those questions that obviously, and especially in the night, the still in New York. As a parent, I can imagine how you know, freaked out in my screed of your kid actually coming home with money. Yeah, it's, I guess people that didn't live in New York or not privy to pretty late two thousands. MMM, it was not the most friendly environment. So your parent could actually panic if you were suddenly bringing money. Yeah, like I would find any and every way that actually came to mind from the trends that I would actually be seen just by socializing. We turn to the same thing, social interaction, and I would see what was trending around the kids. I did the same with video games too and whatnot, and depending on how valuable it was, I would actually just make my profit upscaling the prize attap Moore and specially because the thing was a lot of times you could actually play around because it wasn't the Info Er and you could be like, Oh, you're not going to find this in any store. Yeah, I got the last one. Can upset it. You know, it's like they're not going to check. But it was fun, definitely mad. It was fun and it was great. And the thing is, in the end I was just I would stay with a part of the money just to reinfest, but I was giving the the loan sum of it to my mom, who a lot of the values that I fortunately do have I probably inherited from her. But like many other especially single parents, she had two, three jobs whatever and pretty much was was hustling into it. So you yeah, I was going to say was so your mum was working, same as mine, right, and I've talked to a couple of people now that, you know, grew up in single family homes and the MUM is working a lot and it usually tends to fall on the mom right. So did you recognize that at eleven you were giving your money to your mum, but you just, you know, at eight you just moved there and then your mom's working to make ends meet and then you're finding you're getting these new desires right at ten eleven. You want some money and that's taxing on your mom. So are you thinking I need to help my mom at this point, like even at eleven? Yeah, Cuz the thing was I really throw the bath majority of my life the relationship with my dad. It was not the best. I actually met him just, I want to say days, maybe less than a week or week before we were actually set the most to New York. He was just coming back. HMM. So from the get go he had many things that he actually had to figure...

...out in his life, which fortunately close to the last five years of his life. I finally was able to feel proud of him in many ways and even in distance, I I kind of finally started building a relationship with them. So I always got to see the struggles from my mom. She had me very young. She was twenty one when she actually gave birth to me, so she pretty much had the drop out and whatnot and just go at it in life and in the strong way. So, you know, like materialistically, I didn't have like all the things, the ideal home, if anything, would not. But I wouldn't trade it for anything alive, because I ended up getting much more of the valuable things that I think some parents forget that when you actually give that love, fundamentally, that education, that core value and whatnot, that's the most important thing. So I always had an appreciation for that from the very get go and I again I would never trade it because it really made me have a very different perspective, and I'll use the Cliche, I had to grow up past whatever, but it was never tough to actually relay that money to her and, on the contrary, it's like, thank you so much for all those neighbors are actually dropping beers now that he and that's I think it's not too surprising that then you actually got stone closte Boston, one of my very best favorite wrestlers, speaking about the nine S, although I'm actually wearing a just bring good the Rock Tshirt, so that feels kind of awkward. Throw back Thursday, man, after you were doing some hustle with the bottles in the juice. But great at the age of eleven. And did you keep any of those cards? Do you still have any? Any of the playing cards, pokemon cards? Do you still have any? Still have a yeah, yeah, because the thing is, like I've always been very, very, very conservative of everything, and I think that when you have less and you you're showing to actually have values. I always took a lot of care of all the things I actually had and I pretty much grew up like that and I'm like that till this day, you know, like plus, I don't have vanity. So even though I have this career and in the industry and whatnot, like in my house, like I was laughing the other day because, like, I just now got into the the QULA technology for TV's and whatnot, and it was all just because the the TV's I had finally actually ran their way through. So you took care of them for a long period of time without getting into as in everything, you know, like Vanity Nash. No. So I always had that. I still have from the POKEMON cards. I have both the deck that I endured much more and I have a lot. I tuned out out of pokemon W whenever they were in the like the second generation. I don't even know how many actually have spanned, but I have all those cards from then and of course from baseball. My collection, just like from all other sports, it's very big and it's very well taken care of and I won't even have to tell you, but keep them. I think there's a little bit of a surge going on with even came on in sports cards nowadays. I was educated on that trading card world. I must admit I thought I know and then I notice I didn't. HMM. So I have a friend that has a very, very high valuable collection of sports memorabilio and you know, like you would expect that the Bey ru the Luke, Garrick's welling mains and all that. Anyone that doesn't know too much the will chamberlain roll that those would be like highly valuable, the most valuable cards. And this guy actually took me to school, if anything, on that and he showed me specially much more so with faceball, the rookie cards, is where the business is biggest. HMM. I was like what I mean, the guy hasn't even played yet. So valuable rookie card. I was totally ignorant and raining they had the provos something. Yet why would it be so valuable? Yeah, and then he he actually goes, Oh, you want to...

...see? He pulls out at that moment. I don't know if you saw on the news that Mike Trout Cart that actually sold. The the Diamond Brookie card of Mike Trout sold way over half a million dollars. Reason. I think like two months ago when he showed me that, it was like that was like five, six years ago. It would have been like a three hundred and forty something like that range. And I'm like what I mean, is this photo shop or what? No, this is the legit page of trading and he started showing me and I actually understood that distance. The thing is they precisely do the rookie cards, is they take the MLB on top one hundred prospects, right, and this is part of the good and the bad from that type of business, because the valuable rookie cards need to be from prospects that are in that top one hundred, which actually will show me in into the next part of the story. Actually have for that. So he started showing me prices and it and it's like the stock market. HMM. It's like this kid Brent honey well, that was slated to be like the next big thing from the raise. I remember we had them in moderns park with Allstar game. He got into trouble, injuries, like a bunch of things. So I remember that when he was getting hyped, his rookie card got to a point where went up like the six hundred and eighty bucks, something like that. When he was after the All Star game and it jumped like from thirty bucks to that. And then when he was hyped come to be a call up in September, it jumped like the thirty four hundred and then the kid actually was actually mettled in not having respect for veterans in the locker room, HMM, and they actually botched him actually making the debut. The cart went down like under a thousand bucks. Then he actually had the injury, the Tommy John Surgery. When that happened, the car dropped like fifteen bucks something like that. And then he had the other injury and last time I saw the car it was like two bucks something like that. Here's where there's a grave issue with that model of business. How much do you think the most valuable card for alvar pool hole's and wholesale tuber are? I would what is which card is most valuable for them? Yeah, like the most expensive one for them, for the rookies, and I have no I wouldn't even guess. So the last time I checked was Thanksgiving last year. Yeah, for Pool Holes it was fifteen thousand seven hundred. For I'll Toubay was eight thousand four hundred. And here's the thing. None of the two were classified in them olb top one hundred. Both of them actually had a remastered series that came out after the season in which they were included, but it doesn't classify them still that top one hundred. So that's why there's doesn't have actually value to that same level, because the thing is they'll make one the diamond edition. It's only that's the one that sold for trout like for almost six hundred thousand dollars. Then there is another tier that's a platinum, like five and and it starts going down. It's like five and ten, one, fifteen, twenty, five and fifty. The tears that they have and obviously the less that it actually comes out, the more valuable. Same thing wave signings. He actually again, he took me to school. I go like my God, it must be so valuable to have like a sign corn, a Nolan brant or Willie mays an. You like Nope, what? Yeah, all you get a couple hundred bucks for them. When I was like why? And he goes because of the rarity of the signing is where the value is going to be. HMM. And he actually told me it's like the less the players signs, m the rarity is going to go up. Players that do a lot of fan conventions, they sign too much. So it's sit there easy sign all day. It makes all the sense in the world. There been much more rare. Obviously it's going to be something that's going to actually make sense that it's less it's less interesting because...

...you have a lot of expose ao for it again. So it's a very fascinating business and and again it has a very stock market a like trend to it if anything. So yeah, you certainly take care of things and I'm glad to hear that you kept your carriage because I think it's a good investment. I think I got rid of mine many years ago, for I want to go to the point of eventually, and this time would have been as good as anything, but I've been slopping that. I do have very well taken care of and in everything. But like he has more the pole places like hanging them up and one super nice for us to die. I need to get to that point eventually, but that's, if anything, wishless. There's also because you mentioned you relate at the beginning of every interview, but the reason you were late was because you were bringing a rescue animal to the veterinarian so I mean that speaks to your willingness to take care of things in from the young age of learning, when you don't have much, take care of what you have. Yeah, but that's something very valuable in my life. As far as animals, I've always been very, very connected to animals. Ironically, the furnish interaction that I remember was both for fish. We had a fish tank, but the very first one was with a lizard that just pretty much like showed up. I remember name naming him. For whatever reason, peppe him or her. So yeah, that that was my kickoff, if anything, with animals. But I've always been very receptive to animals. I I strongly think that the way people should see it is that they're living beings just like us and they deserve as much as a chance of US deserving at a great life as to day, and that has been something that the ring this time, especially in the very initial first mom so I was able to do so much, so much of animal rescuing and the family has grown much more here. How many Anos do you have in your home now or what was the peak? M It's tough to know, like the head town it, because it always you say that. Yeah, yeah, because ever didn't know me. I do have a notation, because I always have to keep track of everything. Yeah, because I have both the ones that live here and the ones that are in transit for me, placing them for adoption. So I would actually have the check. But there's a lot. There's a lot. Thankfully there's the space for it, but there is a lot of them. So back into you and your career. Normal for you to actually be walking here and whatever. I think it's great and I think it speaks to your your willingness to take care of things and you've learned that from your mum. And so when you're turning into a teenager, did you find yourself continuing just doing some side things, or did you find work? In your teens, I was always doing something. I pack backs, I work that ice cream shops, restaurants, a translating call centers, like. I had as many things that you can actually do it. I always wanted to be both productive and get basie on some how are you doing in school at this time? I was, and always have an academically very good but one of the things that I actually had the face was that, stemming mostly from that issue with the very bad relationship with my father, I really really developed a very, very bad attitude. So when you're smart and you don't know how to be smart, that can actually be a very bad combination. So I remember and high to the New York Public Library System. I hope this is something they have changed today. I don't know how many curse I actually throughout them that day, but a lot of fobbs were actually presented. I got prohibited from taking out books from the New York Public Library because I...

...had taken I had multiple infractions of how many books you can actually take out in different parameters of time, and they told me we're storry but now you actually are penalized. You can't take books for what was like three months or whatever. You didn't get too many books. And I told them I was like listen, you stupid piece of PIP PIP pop and several F bombs. You're telling a kid that he cannot further self educate himself because some of them stupid rule that you actually have in place rather than actually being worried that the kid actually, you know, has an interest to self educate. I found that so stupid, so so stupid. You know. It's like like till this day it's one of those things that you go like uncle's buggles your mind. Who actually put that in place? I hope it's something that has changed. So well, I mean, then again, live aries nowadays, with everything being so digitalized. Obviously don't hand don't carry as much as weight as back then. But yeah, that I I was always I guess I got into the Jeans for my dad. He was an avid reader himself. So I was always very ahead of the curve and in the combination of the bad attitude I actually grew up for. Oh, that was not good because, like I really had a problem with authority and, you know, like if I didn't have it in for the teacher and I didn't have the best answers possible. So discipline, which is it's very ironic because I'm super discipline nowadays, also another thing actually learned from my dad. I it was tough, like I really had a hard time whenever a teacher, if it really didn't actually want any sensor. was like no, no, and it was tough. It was really tough. Of Ad Regard. So academically never a problem, but from that very, very important perspective of respecting, of being disciplined and not being still full of yourself just because thready know what you're being taught, it was quite challenging. I wouldn't have wanted to be my teacher and do for that. Or the librarian. When did you know? I don't feel bad for life now. That far was solely on them for having that dumb rule. Yeah, it seems a lot to unless you weren't bringing them back. But if you're bringing them back, I was always bringing the back. It's just that I they even they wrote me down the impractice is your ticket, and I I told him, I was like stupid, dark. I mean you just wrote me down and in fraction, I mean I'm my driving or something. It's like, what is this? And it was very detailed. That's like you took more books than we allow and six months, three months, weeks, and I was like, I was actually I was like, are you gonna throw me in jail for you need to go grab your buddy and say hey, we I need to get you, give me some of these books out start a little illegal operation. So smart, but never thought of that. And d then again, the other kids were not as enthusiastic as myself of reading, and I think I'm very happy with saying actually had time for everything. That was great. I mean I need some of that time loopo of back then. The days apparently today that they're not as long as they used to be. But I did everything. It was like I read a bunch, m I played a bunch. I was very in time, pretty much a great relationship with my mother, everything and the whole nine yards of the family and whatnot. I had time for everything. I really don't. I always say that when I hear the kids. Oh it was either one thing, it's like, oh no, no, it's like you were limiting yourself. There's time for everything with your kid. Did you start to focus in on because I know that you went to university, so was there something directing you to you know, I'm going to start doing something in particular, did you start to have a did you have a dream from a young age that you wanted to be something? When did your focus kind of start to funnel into. Well, you know, I want to say I one much more to college because of my parents then because of myself, and I stay in very firm with that opinion still to nowadays. I think the education system unfortunately, worldwide, HMM, very overrated and it's very...

...much faced out from what it should be. I I find it hard unless you're doing, you know, something in the medical field, MM, fundamentally the medical field of anything, or architecture, whatnot, so many other careers that you really justify that do you really have to go to college for that? More I mean you could self teach. And how much of a difference is it really going to be? I think it's gotten to a point where in many cases just pretty much take the US for an example. There's how many instances in which colleges are just Oh, wait, so and so is from, yeah, or this and that. But it's like, well, we also have the scandal going on, pending trials and whatnot for all those very rich parents that actually bought their education out to the kids. Sure that what a brilliant person that's going to be. Or Becky, becky's such a disappointment on backy full house rank. Yeah, you know, I had such a crush on. But then again, then again, as we said at the beginning, you put our ourselves in her shoes. Hopefully, on howgh heels, we might find herself doing the same thing. Right. I don't think so. Oh, you go against the whole thing. You never know, cuse all amazing in this particular case, like, I've always thought that if you don't sweat it, you don't value it. Yeah, when you put things so easily this case, it's unfair, obviously to everyone else, and the same time you're not giving time for someone to appreciate what they're actually grow grasping theirselves. And how are they going to value something just like Oh, here you go, sober plate. So in that particular case, like, oh no, no, it would be nice to know that they're showery. It would be nice to know her story, right, like, you know, I don't know her daughter, but her daughter was somewhat famous or something herself and Youtube, and I really know the dynamics of yeah, she had, I think, of a huge following, the dynamics of the relationship. And you know how, because you know, I see here in Korea or you know many you mentioned the states or Canada. Would have you is a lot of children run run the house, right, so whatever the kid wants, unlike, you know, maybe were you were right, like if the kids are you know, whatever I say goes. And then the parents were just following along and the kids like, well, I want to go to this one. Mummy, right, you're grades and that good, but mommy, I want to go to this one. And then mummy wants to do what she can to Rye. I mean, I would be interesting to know the story behind it, because it's not just as simple as my daughter wants to here, here's the money. There's more, you know, Miss Steps along the way that led them into that. It wasn't just, you know, there's probably other instances where, well, her daughter's whims. I mean also it comes into play that so many people have to understand just because you have money, it doesn't mean that you actually have to feel that you're going to get a way of anything. Yeah, that entitlement that actually comes along the way, that that's something that should be like, oh, totally your race. Well, that's the same thing we're saying with university, right. The unfortunate thing. I don't have any problem with school and having teachers and students. The issue is people who don't go to school. I mean the issue is people who go to school, if they have that, you know, vanity or arrogance of I went to school, or the people who don't go to schools at all. Well, I don't feel as good because I didn't do what they did. I think that that's the part that hinders people the most. People feel that they're less than someone that went to university, or the people who went to university feel that they're more than those that didn't. Know. You just have a different path and just do your job Ryan Find Your Business. You know, it's one of those things, like I find it again very hard and again I'm speaking from a very particular stance because I've always been very strong into being empiric in life. It's very valuable. So when the problem is, and I don't want to pretty much dump on two teachers itself, it's not solely their problem. MMM, it's the education systems in general. They really need an upgrade for them, in my perspective, to actually be of any legitimate value. Add it to your life. It's very tough and and nice struggle to see is like, okay, that's very, very nice pensum and very nice. This is very nice campus...

...and all this just that. But what are you really going to give me that's going to be so valuable life and and if, at the end of the day, the value that university is going to give you is that you're going to be able to say, Oh wait, I went here, I went here, and that's actually gonna Leap Frog you in a working position, you're still not going to be the best qualified candidate for that. So it's a very flawed system and it's also connected even to working environs. It it's like it's like someone that's hiring should actually take that into consideration also in the evaluation, not that their eyes actually go, oh, this person is from Harvard. It's like, Oh, okay, they're from harbor, but they need to be equally evaluated to the same person that maybe went to community college, if anything, is applying for the position, because the person went to committing college might be a thousand times better in so many ways. So that's a problem on it. I was recently conversing with someone in that regard. It was like, I was like, finance should be something that is actually taught to kids very early on. In school very early on. It should be something. And so many other aspects. It's like even sexual orientation another thing that should also it's like we have to drop both the taboos and the unnecessary and focus much more of the functionality of life and how that's going to translate importance for the daily living in usage of proper and we're only as good for society as efficient we are in contributing positively do it. So what is the focus we have? It's tough. I find it very difficult. With certain exceptions of a few careers, it's actually justified just college just because, yeah, I think you're right, and you had a motivation more from your parents probably wanting a you know, that American life better right to down and they did, or something along those lines, and that's kind of I see that as an unnecessary pressure put on kids just hoot because that's that's better than I had. Well, not necessarily. It may not be right. So it's like in the case of both of them, they actually did get their education later on when the things actually improved economically and whatnot, and and but you know, it's like, yeah, they did it, but still, like I never felt there was like one of those things that it was like, Oh, oh great, yeah, that's my thing to know. And, to be honest, like in college, academically, I I was terribly bored. Yeah, like, what are you giving me that you know it's going to be really a help in my career as no, no, no, I can not finding anything. And that was a story of I'm mean, I mean I had a lot of fun, that I want deny, but academically, like, I can't tell you that. There was one too many things that I was thrilled by or that I took in my career and they have been like stepping stone. What did you take in college? I did the reason why you took it be a Jim MC, journalism and mass communication. So is there a reason that? Were you thinking then this is what you want to get into, and was there a reason behind that? Do you have did you meet somebody and communication you're in? No, again, I always had the inspiration and was very solid into sports knowledge itself in general. So it really was a constant. HMM, I have a passion for this very strong way since I'm a kid. So how do I put this to work? I wasn't originally going to start my first career in that. But the closest friend I ever had in life actually gave me that extra push. We were drunk into next Monday, almost at sunrise, at after a friend's birthday, and it was the well, we're now sober kind of conversation is he told me straight up. I mean, why are you having doubt and wanting to study something else? Just go for this and, you know, like try and actually making in that life. That's really what you want. Why should you not? You know, yeah, he and of course it was a Veryy, very heated advice from him, which I think...

...him thankfully, because it might have marked the difference to a certain degree. Maybe I would actually found my way eventually anyways. But it wasn't originally the the first path that I actually had mine. I was actually gonna incur in business initially, and he actually gave you that push. I think I'm for eternity on that and it's been pretty good. It's been very, very good. I have only the best actually say. I'm very fortunate that I was able to start very small and pretty much craft my way. So out of college. What? How did you step along the way? So one of the things I did was pretty much. I've always been very, very, very active and I really didn't want to go into that hole. Oh Yeah, I'm going to do an internship, which I find post college or when you're about the finish whatever internships to be so dumb. You know, it's like, Oh, so you have to go through the whole cycle and then you can actually have a small exposure on the how you maybe might get work. I know I'm going to actually find my way and into working. I'm not going to do this dumb process of a yeah, four years later, I'm going to help. I started working hand on hand, of course, very small walls, as you would expect, and I pretty much was doing both at the same time and escalated my way through it. By the time I actually graduated to college. It was a different perspective in my life because I was already in the process of actually being a name that was making some sounds, which is different to okay, I finish, okay, not, I'm gonna do it. No, no, an internship again, being pose college or close when you're finishing. That's something else that it's like why? Why? Why? What was some of those rules that you had so that those were preparing you for your career. So, so, very small roles in small stations, radio and TV. So Suport A, broadcasting in particular. Yes, yes, yes, you're small stations, fell TV and radio as well as newspapers. Fortunately, I one of the things when you're having to claw is precisely you get to do any and every role, any and everything. Claw, Claw your way. Yeah, it's good, it's a good one. No, no, yeah, so do you do that? I've heard they're supposedly a I think. I think that's a beer name, which, yeah, yeah, that's just the name. I've heard it so many times and you can see how great I am. As much money as actually made from recycling be your cans. That shows you how little I actually consume beer. So when did you start to get traction with your climbing? When did it become this is so at this time, er, is this your total source of income? Are we doing something on the side as well well? Very initially I was making very low money. So I was doing this, I was doing college and additionally I was also working both and one point in a bank institution and then in a call center, which I didn't last like too long on those. And Yeah, like the those were pretty much like the go get side jobs. Additionally, that I actually have to actually make ends me. The combination of those initial times of anything. So as you were working the side jobs and clawing you way up the ladder, yeah, with the cat in the background there, right, do you Joe? Who was your passion growing for to be a sports commentator is? Was this like, okay, this is really what I want to do and nothing's going to stop me. Did you of that determination? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I always knew I had it in me, and my friends push was, if anything, the as much as I needed to have no absolute doubt that I could actually crush it. What was your big break? I mean, you look back, it doesn't look it's a whole bunch of breaks, but you know, what was the thing? Like? Ah, I...

...think there's two ways to see it. I guess there's the you know, like the perceived big break that obviously people can actually say, well, yeah, that was break, and and I think there's also the big break that you actually feel yourself as a profession yeah, and I think those not always our hand on hand. Yeah, because, like, if you would ask me, I would tell you that probably probably, like I want to say, around year five. MM, that's really when the break actually started. If anything, how long ago was your five? Year? Five would have been two thousand and eleven. Okay, so just nine years ago. So yeah, but I want to say at the same time that I think that you're seven twenty thirteen. That's when I personally felt the big break, really really like fully stepped in that everything was pretty much like coordinated in any single way. So what what were these two instances and two thousand and two thousand and thirteen that culminated your career? Well, two thousand and eleven, it was pretty much the getting the whole NBA finals, World Series and Super Bowl experience like all at same time, and additionally also the the Olympic level games. So you're physically at these sporting events during these times, doing play by play in Spanish and English? Are you doing both? I started play by playing back in Oh nine and the first. Ironically, I even lived next to old Yankee Stadium at one point. Ironically, the first world series actually had. It was Yankees Phillis. But yeah, like a fair amount of the Times. Yes, physically at the events. Not always because obviously, as we know, neck network sometimes actually get budgetting cost or stations whatever. They'll do an amount. Yes, present, depending on the relevance of the event, others not so much. But at ear being able to actually grasp all of that and be there. Definitely that's a different soaked in as far as oh wait, I'm kind of like grabbing steam and the same time the the coverage level and everything and you start being perceived differently. So my two thousand eleven to two thousand and twelve, you could definitely feel a different approach from when you were actually being dealt with. It's like, Oh, okay, the kid has it. Okay, okay, let's see what what else you can actually build off on. But yeah, like I think that I felt that same thing, but fully for me in two thousand and thirteen, and much of it was pretty much, I think, from an emotional perspective, being able to finally have a growing relationship with my father. Ironically, to all this, I think that some nuggets of advice he actually gave me, plus the good sentiment of finally having that good relationship, or at least building forwards it, it may me feel so much more entrusted, especially in because of the fact that I know that this was something that he himself wanted to do, but he blocked himself from doing so. If anything, that was an extra push and I already felt I had the tools working and everything, which I did. And again I've I've always been about my crap. So I think just a combination of everything and and if you actually, like in any other product in life, if you crapped it and you craft it, you will get to that point where it developed significantly. And it's easy to see a develop product, but it's better when you actually see what actually made it get there. MMM. I remember at one point being in in one of the boops of a stadium and there was a veteran that told me I was sitting down in one of the books and he told me I never...

...forget to till this day and I reminded him in case he actually had forgotten years later. As he told me, have a good, good, good experience in that seat, because that's the closest you're ever going to get to actually calling a play by play in a stadium of any sorts. What an idiot. Yeah, of course my response was that I I am very, very, very fundamental to over respect and discipline. But you get what why do you give out? So I gave him a middle finger, of course, and I tell them, watch and see and at the meantime you can actually grab these two friends and go ahead and do as you please. Bye. Bye. What's the reason do you think behind his remark? Is this? Is there's a lot of competition and brought. I mean there must be. I mean is he feeling all this new up and coming guy might, you know, take over or he knew someone that might want a position like you have? Like backstabbing and stuff like that that goes on? Or is it just a little healthy competition, a little jab like in any walk of life? Yeah, like in any walk of life, you're you're going to get a lot of backstabbing, you're going to get a lot of this and that, and so I think that our industry, a lot of times people actually see and it's like, I tell anyone, it's like even being like yourself. It's like you see me in a cafe or something, not so much nowadays, pandemic arm, but you know, I I'm just a regular Jack like yourself that happens to work in something that's public. But aside from that, it like everything else. We face the same circumstance, because then you would get in any other industry. So yeah, that is present. There it. I think that, unfortunately, in any line of business you sometimes get some veterans that, if they see us sparked up, energetic, knows that he's good kid. Don't just try and bring them down. And there's a difference between arrogance and pretty much selfknowing your value, and I've never hindered away from a bedding that I know I'm good and I'm very good. I don't believe that actually steps in any line of being humble and whatnot. It's just knowing your value. Now, if I would be to using an arrogant way, then I would tell you, okay, that's bad, but there's no shame or wrongfulness and you admitting the value you actually have. And I think in any walk of life people immediately jump to that judgment. Oh your arrogance. Like no, and yeah, like I feel that there was a certain amount of veterans that they got rubbed the wrong way just because of that. I'm I've always been. In any circle that I've been I've been very secure of myself. What is your title? I know I can pack it up. What is your title. What would you call yourself, because I know your bio. It says MMA, broadcasting or commentator, but is that? Well, I would say straight up sports yournist and broadcaster would probably be the most fade into that because I've done so much of both. You know it's it's been always hand to hand and both aspects of it. What does it take to hone your craft, to for you to be as good as you say you are, and I have no doubt that you are good. What does it take for a sports broadcaster commentator to be good? Like in any walk of life, you know, if you want to sell fruit and you want to be the best added, you actually have to take notes on what can actually get you there. And the same thing for any type of industry. You really really have to be willing to be the best critic to yourself. Maybe not as much as I am, like I'm a I'm one that I take any my new detail that I didn't like from what I actually said. I'll take it down like no, no, you could have actually done this and that and and it's sometimes things that people will not notice or don't care enough to notice or don't have the eye to notice, but you should. You should. You always have to be vigilant because indeed, if you want to be very good, it's like you're not going to have a tinker bell just come up and boom you're great. No, that's not going to happen. Peter Pan, great, okay, but no, not in the real world. So it becomes one of those things that you have to go day by day and it and if you start humble and you and humble while, that's much more power and credit to you, because that's the...

...best thing in life. I one of the things that, you know, came seeing much more happiness is the fact that I get along with the person that's here in the bottom and I get along with the person that's here in the town, and there is no difference because it's human beings. That's how I see it. I think that one thing social media should actually be of understanding so people is that were meant to actually be social and we're meant to be properly treated because we're human beings. And in the process of that, you never know the better advices that are going to help you grow, where they're going to come from. In fact, like I've been very happy and blessed that I've worked a very good core professionals throughout my career, thankfully in very high levels. So you got a lot of advice from that, but you always have to be open to receiving much more of that advice from any average I can't tell you how many times that I've actually been told feedback from some fans and I'm like, you know, then, actually makes sense. But if you actually go into oh no tobably see you you're you're closing up yourself from an opportunity of continuously honing your cram. You always need to be smart, humble, respectful, discipline the best critic. It's a day and day in, day out, day in day out, every day, if you're breathing, you have a chance to actually be better, not only in your profession, in anything in life. You can be a better parent, you can be a better brother cousin, whatever it's, there's always a chance for improvement. It the I think the the sticking point is, do you want to get better? Are you afraid to get better? There's a lot of people that actually have fears even to getting better. They go they fear whatever reason. You know, it's like they're there's people that don't have the energy in them to get better. There's there's so many cases, but it all revolves in the same do you it can improve you should do it. So do you go back and listen to your the sports come to Terry that you've done on a particular event? And also, how much time do you spend, you know, watching sports news, paying attention to the stats and all of those things? Outside of you know, maybe you'd have Game Day prep, I guess, of whoever there's a fight or something, just knowing particular what you're doing. But right it's time. Do you do through the week, through your life, of knowing everything about sports? How much is that maybe even a challenge, because you might find the temptation because it never ends. I mean now you have a little slow down, you might be able to catch up, but it's like trying to catch some water out of a fire hose, you know. Like in my case, since I've been pretty much so through and through multiple sports, it becomes even much more complex because now you're not looking at Oh, white, the guy, he only has this board and he's specialized in it's like, oh no, in my case it's much all around, so the preparation has its own thing. Now, am I going to tell you that I know even what so and so actually had for breakfast today because I'm that soaked in on everything? No, not really. You do have to do your process of investigation, of being informed in all that. But there is something, and I gave this advice to a young up and coming playbyplan. He told me all I was just offered this, but I don't know a thing about these athletes. And I was like, okay, a, but you do know about that sport? Yeah, and I'm like great, do you want to miss out in that opportunity? No, but I don't know about the athletes that are going to be involved. Like well, I'm tell you something. You have a following dilemma. You know about the sport. That's already a great advantage. HMM. The only thing you have to do is do your investigation, lay in about these athletes and compliment that there. If you actually go ahead and you mess up on something for well, you know what, welcome even the ones...

...that happen doing it the longest of time. HMM. are going to commit mistakes. Don't be afraid of it. Now, if you would tell me, well, I don't have knowledge of that sport particular. I would like. Well, buddy, you're probably going to have a tough time on that. You can still take the opportunity, but you have the evaluate. Is that going to be counter productive for the follow up of your career? It's easier to have the knowledge and fundamentals of the sport and just doing a complimentary investigation for event, which we have the production meetings, we have the preproduction, the packages, everything. Yeah, do your thing and I'm one that I'll be very thorough, even in the athletes that obviously you are going to be your you're much more mainstream. I'll still actually take a look through those packages and see if there's something else that maybe is an extra because, hey, let me give you an example. Like take a in MMA card. I've done MMA cars that sometimes I've been eight hours as a play by play. You never have enough information that something's going to be extra. HMM. You need always as much as you can actually have in because you got to pick your moments, hmm, on when to actually throw it in. So a good memory is always great. A good memory is very much fortified by a lot of reading also, mind you, like I told you avid reader always. So that's kind of thing. It's like like in anything in life. If you want to accomplish something, do you just want to be middle of the line? You want to be very good, you want to be excellent? You want what is it that you want to be? You have to put the time in, you have to put the effort and you got to forget about everything else. There's always going to be Nay Sayers, there's always going to be people on your side. You decide which one are you now? If you're not on your side, oh you're in a load of trouble and there's a lot, a load learn because a lot of people who are not. Yeah, like I like I said a few minutes ago, there's a lot of people that self block and if you're selflocking, it's like no, it's it's not going to walk like that. Probably not going to walk. What's most different difficult about your job, Christen? That's I guess it depends on you know, I think it's a very individual question because, I mean, I guess you're going to have people that are going to tell you the travel, the preparation, this and that. M The thing is, like I want to say, probably probably again my perspective. Yeah, I think for a lot of people, probably is the whole thing of walking the next shells that a lot of times, and especially in this business, you're actually going to get it a lot, hmm, and sometimes that can actually put another block to your stepping stone. I think that's one. Sometimes there are some businesses that have not evolved for the passing of times. It's like that applies for anything in life. Like I remember earlier during this pandemic, I was watching the news, the local news, and I actually had to go myself and check in because I couldn't believe it. The unemployment web page for my for Florida, looks like something brought up from windows ninety five or something. And again when I saw it in the dudes I was like what, no, let me, it's just this true, and actually went ahead and us all the website like it is true. So there's a lot of outdate and I think that sometimes, like take me your league baseball for one, there's people that need to evolve to the point of understanding that their decision making times for the profits of the business is past time. I am not surprised in any shape or form that MLB, out of the main sports in the US, has been the one actually facing all this chaos. Where if the pandemic? I honestly don't understand baseball in the sense that if I...

...was to turn on the TV or whatever we do now, we don't turn on TV's doing. Look at a game during the regular season and hardly anyone in the stands until maybe if your team gets in. I mean there's some teams have a good fan base, but you know these player I have no problem with the money they make. Personally, right, course I'm going to pay. Go ahead, cut it. How do they how do they had it with hardly any ticket sales for many years at a time? And that's one of the things I found very interesting about this short season and I hope, I hope and you know, like something in a way, I feel like my I hope feels like a passionate thing, much more than realistic, that they actually consider reducing the season, because the problem is, and again, I don't get me wrong, when I was a kid before getting into the business, I didn't see that that way. Certainly, I'm sorry, but there's two aspects of was one, I was not in the business yet, so I didn't have that perspective of what I'm actually going to get into. And the second is also when I was growing up, baseball actually had stars. Yeah, it actually had stars. So I would take as much baseball as you would get. But then again, back then you had at least in every team, no less than two stars that everyone wanted to go and see him, pay a ticket for. Can you say the same today? Oh No, you cannot, you cannot. So the issue on hand is when the season is so long, there gets a point where, I'm sorry, but why did the Games matter? It's like, okay, yeah, Oh, they lost, they were swept in this series by so and so. It's like, oh great, they only have like a hundred games up. So, yeah, Golly Gee, that's gonna be so the term in and it's like it's too much games. It's an exorbitant amount of games. Finish the season at five hundred and they did well. You know, it's like there's no relevance into the Games because there's too many of them. If, like where we were talking with the whole signature thing for for the memorabilia, if there is so many games, how are you going to ask someone to become engage with your product. M If the team is just so many, have like a million more chances of doing something. MMM. So the engagement, it's tough. It's very tough, and especially it's like this season begins right after the Super Bowl. They start their training right Oh, and then it ends up with football. Have Way in the NBA a few weeks in. Everything else passes right in the middle and it's like, of course, people can actually feel this in French, I especially having so many options. Like I would love for baseball to become popular again, and not regional. I mean, yeah, you tell MLB in their own no, it's very popular. It's like, yeah, the decrease, it's real, but okay, a, yeah, whatever you say. It's a regional sport nowadays, unfortunately, and I almost cried when, a couple of months ago, actually saw the numbers and even mls jump them in the demos of eighteen to thirty four. It's your issue, is the antiquity of how so where you're walking on eggshells, is how they do things in an older manner and it's not up to date. And for you, being a younger guy in this industry, you probably want to, you know, suggest or you just wish the people that were in the runo or who made the decisions would just kind of update themselves, and that makes it difficult for you wanting to make the sports better for the yeah, like, obviously, nowadays I have had much more wrote the walk and I've, you know, established my career, but coming up and being creative and wanting to be on, you know, like the innovative wave and stuff, and you know, it was tough because a lot of times you run into people that they don't even want to give you time a day. They're just stuck on their ways and they're not acknowledging the fact that their ways are outdated and it hurts the business and it's like hey, you know, it's like we got a modernize it, and you know, it's only great for the business if you actually see a different perspective. But if you just see a kid that has good ideas and you flush him out, and I'm not talking not only in my particular case when I...

...was coming up, but I'm talking in general. In any case, it's like if you just dish out the idea and not even give them time of day, it's like you're going to miss out on something that's, perspectively, a good chance to improve you a business. And if you're not working forward to fishings and you just want to stay stuck any times, well, we know what evolution actually brings along the line. Christian, what do you enjoy about your work? What are some things that bring you excitement and joy, maybe even a highlight of your careers, in your young career so far? Well, you know, I I'm gonna try and use the Cliche, the eternal cliche. If you're doing what you love, you're not working. HMM, which is a Cliche, but yeah, let's throw it in there. I generally have a very big passion for sports. That intrinsically translates directly when I'm working to a very high degree. It's like my excitement level is always pressing there. I really live the fact of I'm doing this and I love this, so that, on its own, serves as a motor selves, serves as everything that you really need, and I think for anything you do in life, it really should be that you actually are inclined to that if you really want to have that that extra to give that actually comes out. I am not going to lie. My favorite aspect from the career is the play by playing. I think there's a different level into it as far as wow, the excitement level you can actually get to, especially, and I would say one advantage I have in the fact that doing both the Spanish and English market is that I I've done a good job of actually condensing both and taking elements that work in one and taking it to the other, adding my take into it. Originality should always actually be a factor and, if anything, one of the things that I do that is not so pretty much like key element in the English market. But yes, a lot of times in the Spanish market the drama aspect that you actually need to take into MMM. I hope that eventually at something actually comes much more into it, because it's much more needed. Like sometimes up you know, like I put myself in the seat of the other person. It's like if the play by play guy sounds dry even in his main call, it's like you're not going to engage someone like that, buddy. So that's that's something I've always appreciated. That the Spanish market. Of course, there are instances in which the drama you just at the know the level you can actually go into it, because if you go to dramatic. It's like there's gonna be a disconnect. So, like in anything, you have to know what those it you actually give into it. But yeah, the cheer excitement that he actually get from a player I play is wonderful. Picking out a single moment, it's tough because there's been so many, thankfully, but I think, I think that possibly, I want to say the two thousand and thirteen world baseball classic, US versus Dominican Republic in Miami. MMM, the game in which Dr knocked out the US. That game, that game, it was challenging, I must say, because the atmosphere that was there in Marlin's park, the amount of dominicans flooding and just in the culture in there. Yeah, it was a very challenging game to actually stay put, pro fashional and not let emotions take over, get caught up in the moment. And it's tough. I mean if you would actually see down, and I saw down from our cabin, I was like this is like if I would be in the Dominican the stadium, it's like it was I don't know how many Dominicans were there then. It was like through any amount. I forget the amount, but it was a lot, a lot, and it was very visible. So the noise, everything. It was tough really calling that game is very challenging, not the slip in a biased standpoint. M So it challenged me so great I mean it wasn't the finals, no, it was not, but as far as...

...peak emotion for me, that felt like it. I mean you're going against the US, you know, it's like the standard, if anything, and being that Kimbro Ibar at Van, like wow, it's the emotions that actually went through that. That was something. And again, you know it's that it wasn't the championship moment, but symbolically and so many ways it's like it was. You know, it's it's one of those things that my emotions were running so high and at the same time like my eternal challenge. You gotta stay unbiased. You got to say unbiased as much to see what while I oh, yeah, we did, I know. So I felt very, very, very challenge, but up the what same time, because I was demanding myself to stay on my element, as much as I did not want to. Obviously I could think of that for many of the sports that you do. There is that temptation to be like yeah, like you know if an NMA fight or something, or some guy misses some easy shot in the NBA and you bump light. No, no, you got it. Stay in your lane, you got it. You know. Well, like HMM. I mean it just depends, like an in my case, I think the patriotic aspect of it had a lot to do in that. Yeah, from the challenge standpoint, the thing is like for me to connect with an with a an athlete, as far as my likeness towards their game. There's not been like so many. Yeah, so, so many, and I think that's where the issues can come. Like, for one, I enjoyed Sammy Sosa Alan roof terribly. Who wouldn't? You are? The guy was a showman, but mark require was my favorite slugger, MMM, and the guy you could actually say a worm hole for for charisma. But I like them and was like I even used a batstance like him. So you know, it's like I never got to do anything in regards a big man. But I remember running an interview with him, a full feature. I couldn't but actually tell him I was like listen to after the interview, like you know, your full on. My favorite slugger all time and he actually told me you're great at your job and time I feel so happy and I felt like a kid. I was like yeah, wow, but again, you know, like I wanted so much as actually say it on air. But you know, I know you got to keep your tracks into it. So I can see where that can be a challenger if you have some engagement towards that. But I can tell you, like I haven't had the instance really aside from that World Baseball Classic, and you know, it might be one of those things that maybe when you're a kid and additionally, being in these in the industry, you maybe manage it better. Because the thing is, like Lebron James Probably the best player in history, but I enjoyed more Michael Jordan's game. HMM. You know, it's like it's one of them. I mean, you know, like I think there's a lot of overrate factor with Michael Jordan whatnot, but but the guy he planned in a way, there was that was fired. Lebron here again, I think he's the best, but he's so fundamental in his play a lot of times so that when he actually gets some fires, like Oh, you're alive for great, great and you're not being a boy scout, necessarilier whatnot. So that's one thing. But in this day and age, like I see some of the players, like look at Don Trick, that back kid. That kid is fire that that's a very entertaining kid. To Actually Watch Nicola Joe Kick. He's good, but but he doesn't have that energy level that you would get a Luca. But it's tough, like I tell you, like from that that kid alike level of engagement. It's not the same and I guess I created so much of a blocking of for me to actually stay unbiased that it comes much tougher nowadays for me to actually have that level. Just didn't thinking of when you were a kid from I mean coming from Dominican at eight, selling,...

...selling some juice on the side, grabbing some bottles from neighbors, looking working your way up and getting some good advice and sound advice to do what you want. Yeah, and then the struggles all along by having this job or that, working in the industry you wanted to part the part way or clawing your way. What advice do you have for people without the job, the kid that you were, the one in between jobs or the one discouraged about going to work because they're just not feeling it today. What advice do you offer? Well, boy and I was starting out, I was living pretty much in a rented room that I barely had space for my things. Most you know, but I think there's two approaches you can actually have your mind. It's like, do you want to progress or do you want to stay in the same stone you're at that day? It's all the approach you actually have. If you have a goal, and I returned to what I was telling you, knowing that you're good and not compromising them of arrogance and staying humble. Know your goal, work for it and ain't going to be easy, by no means, but if you always know from day one that you want to pretty much continue striving, striving, striving, you're going to get there eventually it but you have to take in all the proper efforts. You got to be pretty much in a concerted approach that if you actually don't wing it in the proper way, there's a good chance you're not going to make it to the levels that you might aspire and you have to be realistic about the approach you actually want to have. One thing that and I returned to the emotional aspect of it. I I was very fortunate to have a lot of close people that that actually gave me good advice, not necessarily only family, but friends as well that were all as family truly, and sad lee I lost in in the span of very short time, I lost so many that it was sad because it felt like to a point like Oh wow, I'm doing this next step and I would like this person to actually see that what they deposited in me was there. And there's two ways to see it. Are you going to actually throw yourself down or are you actually going to motivate yourself through that and strive ahead and boom, continue and on to the next and it's tough. I mean we don't want to lose people, by no means, but if the laws actually comes, you really have the to continue striving through it. And I think like when my dad died back in two thousand and sixteen, I was scheduled to the call the first round of the playoffs of MLB and obviously I jumped through that and the following week I actually returned to work for the start of the American League Championship series. And it was. It was very tough. I remember that at the end of the call, when we were doing the post game, I couldn't hold that anymore and I I end up crying. And when we were almost rounding out the post game, it was tough because, like the first the Indians were mobbed, and that was a one of the first two teams when I saw a world series the first time with my dad, was the Marlins in the Indians Ninety seven. So the elements in there there were tough and same like that. Like other people that I did lose, it's tough. But again it returns the same thing. How are you going to boost yourself the it's the goal you actually want to accomplish? Do you have faith in yourself and whatever creed you actually might have? But you have to have it in yourself as well and stem from that that you're going to do everything you want, everything you need that if you have still breathing your lungs, you can't continue. The game ain't over till you actually say it's going to be over. You have to wanted that bad, that good, however you want to...

...phrase it, great, however it works for you. Do it with dignity. If it has to be the longer way, great, then do it like that, but always sweat for it, leave your last effort in it. Never compromise dignity. Dignity is too strong of a value to compromise. It's better to take longer, but to do it properly, then the other way around. You will remember this always, always do it the right way. The right way is always better. Christian, you're a wise young man. I do my best, you know, like, how can people find you? That would be at Christian Morento d no H and a day, as in dog in the end. See what I did there. But Yeah, man, I'll quote the dark night. Pretty Trilogy, Great Trilogy, and Dud with Christian Bale, when Michael Kaine actually tells Christian Bale's character Alfred the Bruce. You should be a genius by now or something like that. You got to do a lot of mistakes, but day, if you learn from them and you can actually craft and grow from them, create awesome. It's always great to actually be a revisionist of yourself. Don't let anyone else be better than you and that because if you do, you're failing yourself and everyone that is actually attached to great advice, because do you have anything coming up? You have any shows coming up in the near future? Kind of work outage and slowmo mode right now, if everything rebamping up and all the complications with this. But obviously through social media you can always actually be very active and what we actually might have next and whatnot. I thank you so much for the interview and again, you know like, even though obviously this is available on demand, but I I did actually arrive late, as I told you, so thank you for kindly waiting there for me. You were rescuing animals. Okay, I had no choice. Like what you mean? I wait all day? Yeah, I'll come back to have really, I have one final question for your Christian yeah, why do you work? Because I like it, because it dictifies, because I have a mission, I have a passion, and because I want to be a good influence, because, as much as I actually feel good about myself when I'm working, I also feel good about entertaining people, because if you give me of your time to actually listen to a broadcast, whatever type broadcast, or read a material, mind and whatnot, you're giving me your time, your precious time. The one thing you can actually give back both time and death, or in this case life, and you're giving it to me. So I want to be thankful to you of that and I want to give you only the a game back, both because it's what makes me happy, but also because I want to give you and entertaining an informative experience that has worthwhile, that is worth commemorants to you, that can make and shape a difference, to you, to whoever in your descendants, to the inspiration proper, to that that light of energy, a spark of a laugh, of of whatever, I can actually make your day. I think that we have a in the sports and chainment industry, liken the entertainment industry in general, we do have a very valuable commitment to fulfilling that experience that actually people have and give us of their time, and we should only give the the a game. It's very nice to be the public figure this and that that, but I think it all comes back to the being thankful. Remember where you came from and you said to actually boost yourself into providing for those people, and you never know who you're going to impact and in the way you're going to impact. Now it's up to you to do a proper impact. You can do it. It just the serves on that and I'm very romantic and the approach, but I do think that we can be a better world. It's just pretty much putting the building blocks. If we don't start doing it, it ain't going to happen, and I think the reflection of the Times that that we live in should be a strong reminder, but nonetheless one that actually portrays the way for us to improving asletys society in general in the world. Christen, you make me want to learn Spanish. Well, you should. It's it's a wonderful good Chris did morning. No, thank you very kindly, sir.

You're a wise young man. Thank you, Brian and Dave, for the invitation. Let's be in touch in any time. More than welcome. Thank you. Thank you for listening to this episode of why we work with Brian v be sure to subscribe, follow and share with others so they too can be encouraged in their work. I hope that you have yourself a productive, be a joyful day in your work.

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