PUERTO RICANS WELCOME BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL OPENER.
Puerto Ricans on April 1 celebrated the first major league
baseball opening day on the island, as the Toronto Bluejays and Texas
Rangers squared off at San Juan's Hiram Bithorn stadium. Both
teams have star Puerto Rican players on their rosters. Tickets for the
inaugural game of 2001 were sold out within eight hours, and more than
20,000 fans packed the stadium. More than $600,000 was spent sprucing
up the stadium named for Puerto Rico's first major leaguer. The
island now boasts two Hall of Famers (Roberto Clemente and Orlando
Cepeda) and dozens of young athletes now active in professional
baseball, some of them superstars.