I had asked Gabriel (the scout who took me to the game) about Michael Santos on the way to the complex, and when we got there and got out of the car, Michael happened to be walking by right then. So Gabriel introduced me to him, and told him that I was a really big Giants from the United States and that I had asked about him. As you can imagine, Michael’s reaction was pretty great. During the game, for the first half or so, Luis Pino sat next to me and Michael sat behind him. But when Pino went to go sit somewhere else, Michael moved down to sit next to me with the radar gun, reading off all the speeds and telling me what each pitch was. It was the best. I asked him if I could interview him after the game, and he agreed. So when the game ended, he was right there, so he was the first one I interviewed! I had my little "cheatsheet" of the info and questions Fla-Giant had provided me with, but I hadn't prepared for the player interviews at all - I didn't know which questions I was going to ask in which order, and the questions were still in English so I had to translate them on the spot. It was kind of a mess, but all the players were pretty patient with me so it wasn't too bad. Looking back at all the interviews I've transcribed so far, I think Michael was the easiest to understand. I'm not sure if he just spoke more clearly than the other guys, or if it’s because I've already transcribed so many interviews I'm just kind of getting used to it. Anyway, this is my last player interview. I have one with one of the team trainers, and probably about 20 minutes more of Gabriel. I probably won't do the other ones anytime soon, but who knows, I didn't think I was going to do this one this soon either.
Note: He just told me that he is currently pitching in the instructional league (I think he's pitched 6 innings in 4 outings, all starts), and he said he's doing well. I think he has one more start next week and that'll be it for the year.
Links to my past DSL FanPosts:
Interview with a Dominican Republic Giants scout, part 1 of 4
DSL Giants Videos: July 19, 2012
Interview with a Dominican Republic Giants scout, part 2 of 4
Interview with Anthony Gómez
Interview with RHP Alejandro Flores