Fans often see MLB players as entities from another planet.
But in reality, they are human beings, like all of us: they have flaws, they have problems, and they also have a life outside of the diamond.
This is true for all great baseball players, even two young stars like Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.
For example, Rodriguez and Soto were both born in the Dominican Republic and have known each other for a long time.
In fact, you’d be surprised to learn the circumstances under which they hooked up.
“Julio Rodriguez on Juan Soto: ‘We used to play Call of Duty against each other all the time,'” Mariners reporter Ryan Divish tweeted.
Julio Rodriguez on Juan Soto: “We were playing Call of Duty against each other all the time.”
—Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 19, 2022
They are young children who have become friends
It’s a reminder that the two stars are both very, very young and thought about fun and games until recently.
They may even still play it, too, to distract themselves from their troubles from time to time.
Soto is 23 and J-Rod is only 21.
One is an accomplished puncher with a few MVP-caliber seasons, a World Series ring, and several other accolades; and the other is the biggest contender to win the American League Rookie of the Year award this season.
The two gave us all an incredible performance in Monday’s Home Run Derby.
The night belonged to Rodriguez, who hit a total of 81 home runs and made it look easy; but Soto ended up winning the prize by beating his friend 19-18 in the last round.
MLB is in good hands with these two incredible hitting talents.
Both are young, talented and hungry for success: the kind of marketable young stars the league needs.