The Wider Image: Young Venezuelan ball players 'wanted to stay' in U.S.
While playing for Venezuela in baseball's Little League World Series in the United States last month, 12-year-old Adrian Salcedo ate tacos and Chick-fil-A, donned a virtual reality headset to envision himself hitting home runs in big league ballparks and marveled at the lush grass of the fields. Now back at his four-room house in the western city of Maracaibo, hard-hit by Venezuela's protracted political and economic crisis, the boy's hopes center on his own version of the American Dream. "I want to make the big leagues and help my mother, so we can buy a house and get away from this" Salcedo said. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero SEARCH "QUINTERO BASEBALL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: VENEZUELA-BASEBALL/