There’s no place like home. Those are words Fernando Rodriguez kept telling himself Tuesday morning as he made the short ten minute drive to Southwest University Park. The ballpark is just a hop, skip and a jump from his home in West El Paso.
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Rodriguez, who has appeared in over 200 Major League Baseball games with the Angles, Astros, and the Athletics, became the first El Pasoan to play for the El Paso Chihuahuas last week in Tacoma. On Tuesday, the Franklin High School graduate took the field at Southwest University Park for a light workout in a Chihuahuas uniform. The day was surreal for not only him, but his family as well.
“I woke up this morning at home,” said Rodriguez with a big smile on his face. “My wife and I were at the table drinking some coffee and I said, ‘this is something we thought about when this stadium was built.’ It hit us today. It is something we wished would happen at some point and it’s right here.”
Rodriguez was unavailable to pitch on Tuesday night after throwing two innings on Monday in Reno, but he will be available to pitch as early as Thursday night against the Rainiers. The entire Rodriguez family is expected to be in attendance.