For three years, San Diego high school star pitcher Octavio Arroyo crossed the Mexico – U.S. border each week with a tourist visa to study at San Ysidro High School and play on the baseball team. But eight games into his senior season, he was questioned at the border and found in violation of his visa.
Arroyo went back to Tijuana but held onto his dream of playing in the majors. His training has finally paid off. The Miami Marlins signed him to a minor league contract and he’ll report to spring training in 2016.
Arroyo’s story is part of ESPN’s One Nación. ESPN and Fusion take a closer look at some of the stories that are an integral part of the tapestry of Latino-America.
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