CHICAGO -- Minnie Minoso was the star of the show during Saturday's SoxFest seminar entitled "El Béisbol Con Orgullo: The Cuban Connection." It was a session done in both Spanish and English, involving Minoso, Dayan Viciedo, Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez.
Minoso, who played 12 years for the White Sox but has been an ambassador for the team and the game for many years after, received a standing ovation when he walked on stage. He also received praise from Ramirez, through a translator, at the end of the 45-minute session.
"First of all, I want to make it clear how grateful [we are] and [talk about] our gratitude to Minnie Minoso [for] opening the doors for Cuban players," Ramirez said. "If it wasn't for him, we couldn't be here. So thank you, Minnie."
One fan talked about sitting next to Minoso during the 2005 American League Championship Series at a game in Anaheim and how fans were hounding him for autographs. But Minoso asked to wait until after the inning because he just wanted to watch baseball. That moment showed the fan how much Minnie loved the game.
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