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Jessica comes to WEEI.com after covering the Celtics and the NBA as a senior reporter for Hoopsworld. She is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and is fluent in Spanish. Jessica entered the Boston sports scene in 2005 with the Red Sox Spanish Beisbol Network radio broadcast and currently talks Sox for Diehard magazine.

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06/20/14 11:40 EST
The fit of the glove felt natural, the release of the ball like second nature. Fifteen years passed before Rubby De La Rosa began playing baseball. It only took three for him to realize a dream. The field was just a few blocks from home, but for most of De La Rosa’s life, the prospect of playing on it was out of reach. Education, then work, were top priorities. There was little time for games when he carried the responsibility to help support his family. San Isidro in the Dominican Republic was, as De La Rosa described it, “poor … nothing big.” He estimates the population was no more than 200 when he was growing up. Inside his four-room house, six people lived together in close quarters. De La Rosa shared a bed with his paternal grandmother. His aunt, uncle, and two younger brothers slept on two beds in the second bedroom. Finances were tight for as long as De La Rosa can remember. His grandmother sat him down at an early age and explained, "We want to buy
05/05/14 08:59 EST
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The blaring noise of the fans and his walk up music fade into silence as Jackie Bradley Jr. approaches the batter's box. In front of a crowd of tens of thousands, he is alone with his thoughts and those of two others. He stops before reaching the plate, places the knob of his bat on the ground and methodically draws two letters in the dirt: MM. Matt Saye and Martha Brown. Best friend and grandmother. They were two of the most important people in Bradley's world. Both are gone. The inscription serves as a reminder of what they meant to him and how he should enjoy every moment he has. "I wanted to have something to reinforce to me that life is about perspective," said Bradley. "I have the strength and it reminds me of them every single time I write it. They are supporting me and they have my back." Bradley and Saye clicked immediately. They met as 10-year-olds playing AAU baseball shortly after Bradley moved to Prince George, Va. It didn't take long before their families
05/02/14 12:31 EST
Put him in a room full of strangers and he will make friends. Place him in a new clubhouse and he will have a positive impact on the dynamic. David Ross knows how to fit in. It is a skill he developed as a child and one he has carried with him through his 13-year major league career. Adapting to his settings and those around him has become second nature by now. For Ross, it’s all about making the most of whatever situation he is in. For those who spend an entire baseball season with him, it’s about enjoying the magnetic catcher and his unique personality. At the core of a unified Boston Red Sox ballclub is a man with an unmistakable knack for bringing those around him together and creating a supportive environment where everyone feels like they belong. All because, “I kind of liked to fit in.” --- Playing outside was more fun than kicking around the house. There was always some type of sports-related activity going on and Ross wanted to be part of it. Just be home
09/26/10 11:29 EST
Before the Findlay Prep boys basketball squad set off for the 2009 National High School Invitational, Michael Peck wanted to prepare this team for the most important tournament of the year. He organized a team of veterans, including former pros, to scrimmage his players, show them the ropes, and get them ready for the long road ahead. Most high schoolers would have been intimidated, but not Avery Bradley. Spotting an opportunity on a fast break, Bradley made his presence felt by throwing down a dunk in transition. The vets tried to repay the favor on the inbounds. They quickly lobbed the ball to Jerome Williams, a 6-9 forward who earned the nickname “Junkyard Dog” for his gritty style of play as a Piston. Williams caught the ball at half court and raced toward the basket without a defender in sight. As he went up for an easy layup, the 6-2 Bradley flew down the court and rejected Williams. “Out of nowhere, after dunking, comes Avery and he just swats it,” recalled



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