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My Trip To Puerto Rico I am from a small town of all most all white people and I had never been outside of the United States until 1997 I went to Puerto Rico that year to play baseball I knew baseball would keep me occupied but I wanted a chance to experience the island Puerto Rico was a very different place compared to where I come from and it didnt take me long to realize that I guess it all started when I got off the plane The airport was full of Puerto Ricans It was kind of an awkward place for me because I was used to being around white people Then I saw a team representative holding a card with my name on it and he was also Puerto Rican I went over and introduced myself While standing there one of my teammates came over of who I didnt know and he was black The word uncomfortable is the perfect word to describe how I was feeling at that moment Being socially uncomfortable at that point I hurried to get to the team van Then the heat hits you right in the face and made me physically uncomfortable It actually took my breath away I couldnt really inhale deep breathes of air Of course that was because I wasnt used to that type of climate Luckily the van was air conditioned and made a pleasant drive to the hotel When we arrived at the Sands Hotel I was perfectly impressed The hotel was enormous gorgeous and had many activities to offer Although I didnt get to take advantage hotel the first night because I had a team meeting to attend in meeting room 1 When all the players where at the meeting we introduced ourselves by announcing our name and what state we were from which wasnt much of an introduction Then the uniforms and itineraries were handed out The meeting ended
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