Friday, April 11, 2008

One Hundred Virtual Flags!

I thought tonight might be the night. Our virtual flag collection, based on visitors to this site since I established the neocounter (to the right), has now grown to 100. w00t!

And the 100th flag is representing a visitor from the Dominican Republic. ¡Bienvenido! Me alegro que Ud. haya visitado este sitio y espero que regrese pronto.

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern 2/3 of the island of Hispaniola, with Haiti occupying the western 1/3. It is a nation passionate about baseball. While Haiti is francophone, the Dominican Republic is hispanohablante. The capital is Santo Domingo .

Speaking of baseball, it is to the Dominican Republic that we owe the following (from Wikipedia):
  • Sammy Sosa, 1998 National League MVP Award and member of the exclusive (only 4 other players have reached the mark) 600 home run club.
  • Carlos Villanueva, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Albert Pujols, 2001 National League Rookie of the Year 2005 National League MVP Award winner.
  • Pedro Martínez, three time Cy Young Award winner, considered one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.
  • Vladimir Guerrero, 2004 American League MVP Award winner and 2007 Home Run Derby winner.
  • David Ortiz, first baseman/ designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox
  • Alex Rodriguez, three time American League MVP infielder New York Yankees
  • Jose Reyes, 2007 MLB's Stolen Base Leader
  • Manny Ramírez, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox
  • Miguel Tejada, shortstop for the Houston Astros
  • Alfonso Soriano, infielder/outfielder for the Chicago Cubs
Here is a lovely introduction:

Music and art in the religious life of the village of Villa Mella - the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit (8:57 min):

Afro Dominican Palo Drumming in Villa Mella

Now rock out with Batey Cero:

--the BB


Jane R said...

David Ortiz! Yeah!

Jane, former Bostonian and therefore Red Sox fan and do not EVER EVER let me date a Yankees fan again -- it was twenty years ago and I'm still traumatized

Paul said...

So sorry to hear of your dating trauma, Jane dear.

The Cunning Runt said...

Congrats, Dude!

I probably should have kept track over at my place, but then, I have a fair idea where the six of you live...

Paul said...

The reality, when I look at my actual number of hits and the known friends who comment here, is that most visitors are part of a small very dear circle, so I know what you mean. Love the "I have a fair idea where the six of you live" comment. Still chuckling over it.