Settling in the U.S.

“Si va a suceder, es por que yo quiero.”


Host father of five Dominican-born Ogden Raptors players, Leon Robinson, gave his “kids” dog tags with the saying on it.


And they believe.


The five players, though out of their element, adapted to life in Utah playing for the Dodgers’ Rookie-League club.


“I feel like I’m at home with my real mom,” said Raptor pitcher Luis Vasquez during the 2009 season.


The Robinson family, which has hosted Raptor players for five straight seasons, embraced the five players and the players embraced their new lifestyle.


They even went into a classroom to test their English skills.


It’s their dream to make it to the big leagues, like fellow Dominican Manny Ramirez.


As the flip-side of the dog tag reads: If it’s to be, it is up to me.”


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