Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Granada Sharks Return To a Hero’s Welcome

September 28, 2007

A year after hanging up his baseball spikes only to be called back into action for one more season of play, Granada’s legendary shortstop Bayardo Dávila helped to lead the long-struggling Tiburones (Sharks) to their first national championship in nearly two decades.

Like the 2004 Boston Red Sox, the Tiburones fell behind in the seven-game series 0-3 against León, and a comeback looked all but impossible. But powered by Dávila, who homered twice to start Granada’s comeback in Game 4, and a pitching staff that never gave up, the Tiburones fought back to win the next four games and Granada’s first championship since 1990.

Thousands of Tiburones faithful waited out on the street in front of the baseball stadium to welcome home their team after winning the final game in León Sept. 20.

The team and its fans then paraded to the Cathedral at 2 a.m. and asked Bishop Bernardo Hormbach to open the church doors so they could all go in and pay their respects to God.

The bishop later said he thought the church was being taken over when the rowdy crowd showed up unexpectedly in the middle of the night, but he obliged and the following day celebrated a Mass for the team, calling the baseball players important role-models for the youth of Granada.

Dávila, who is just about to turn 40, is again contemplating retirement, but says the team’s directorate wants him to come back and play at least one more season in a shark uniform.

“They are going to want me to keep playing even after I am in a wheelchair,” he told The Nica Times with a laugh.

 

You may be interested

IMF predicts ‘partial and uneven’ recovery in Latin America due to Covid-19
Costa Rica
823 views
Costa Rica
823 views

IMF predicts ‘partial and uneven’ recovery in Latin America due to Covid-19

AFP and The Tico Times - September 24, 2020

The International Monetary Fund foresees a "partial and uneven" recovery in Latin America after the Covid-19 crisis, and it anticipates…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Wednesday, September 23
Costa Rica
5488 views
Costa Rica
5488 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Wednesday, September 23

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 23, 2020

Costa Rica announced 21 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 781, according to official data…

Costa Rica’s Playa Hermosa named as World Surfing Reserve
Costa Rica
11831 views
Costa Rica
11831 views

Costa Rica’s Playa Hermosa named as World Surfing Reserve

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 23, 2020

Save The Waves Coalition has named Playa Hermosa in Garabito, Puntarenas as a World Surfing Reserve (WSR), the non-profit announced…