Student-Athlete From Vieques Hits a Home Run

Home runs are not pulled off in the batter’s box. But when you slam hit with the bat of resistance, far-reaching home runs are connected in the park of life. Good baseball is played on the island municipality of Vieques, known as la “Isla Nena.” And for many years they have also known here what it is like to hit home runs without having a baseball bat in their hands. While many come to Vieques to enjoy its pristine beaches, Eddie Martínez Medina, 15, is with his father, Eddie Martínez Ponce, at a baseball practice in the Esperanza neighborhood. It is an atypical practice because it’s only his father and him.