In recognition of our embassy’s sports programming, particularly the success of the Baseball and Friendship program, the Embassy of the United States in Caracas was among the few fortunate ones to receive two baseballs signed by the 2014 World Series players.
The Major League Baseball (MLB) presented us with baseballs signed by the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas Royals.
Players from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the United States, and Venezuela signed the baseballs. Seven Venezuelans took part in the 2014 World Series – the greatest number of Venezuelans that have ever participated.
San Francisco Giants: (signed in black)
PITCHERS: 41 Jeremy Affeldt LHP, 40 Madison Bumgarner LHP, 46 Santiago Casilla RHP, 17 Tim Hudson RHP, 55 Tim Lincecum RHP, 49 Javier Lopez LHP, 63 Jean Machi RHP, 22 Jake Peavy RHP, 52 Yusmeiro Petit RHP
54 Sergio Romo RHP, 60 Hunter Strickland RHP, 32 Ryan Vogelsong RHP
CATCHERS: 28 Buster Posey C, 34 Andrew Susac C
INFIELDERS: 13 Joaquin Arias IF, 9 Brandon Belt IF, 35 Brandon Crawford IF, 50 Matt Duffy IF, 12 Joe Panik IF, 48 Pablo Sandoval IF
OUTFIELDERS 7 Gregor Blanco OF, 45 Travis Ishikawa OF, 38 Michael Morse OF, 8 Hunter Pence OF, 2 Juan Perez OF
Kansas Royals: (signed in blue)
PITCHERS: Tim Collins, Wade Davis, Danny Duffy, Brandon Finnegan, Jason Frasor, Jeremy Guthrie, Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, James Shields, Jason Vargas and Yordano Ventura
CATCHERS: Salvador Perez and Erik Kratz
INFIELDERS: Billy Butler, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, Omar Infante, Mike Moustakas and Jayson Nix
OUTFIELDERS: Nori Aoki, Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson, Alex Gordon, Terrance Gore and Josh Willingham