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Prospect (Video)
by NESN Video on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 7:06PM

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Juan Carlos Linares did not have an easy journey to America, but now
that he's here, the Red Sox prospect is relishing every moment.

The 26-year-old outfielder persevered through arduous conditions to
escape and to Mexico to get his opportunity to reach the
. Linares traveled through alligator-infested waters to
reach a boat travelling to Mexico, a boat that broke down in the middle
of the ocean during his journey. Linares and his family survived for two
days without food, but their dream to achieve a better life helped them
push through until they reached safety.

Linares always wanted to play professional baseball, but he never
received the opportunity in Cuba, playing for three years on La Habana
without a national team nod. According to his interview, translated by
Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro, Linares was paid just $8 per month to
play, and knew he could find a better life playing somewhere else.

His dream has been realized with the Red Sox. Linares played with
Double-A Portland last season, and he hopes to further his career with
Boston in the coming year.

To hear more of his incredible story, check out the interview above with
Heidi Watney.”


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