anonymous asked:

Dark!Dino scenario please


// This idea of Dino wanting to secretly be seen as one of the, if not the the, most powerful mafiosos has always intrigued me //

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“Congratulations Dino!”

The echoing cheer was simply music to his ears. It was a reminder that no one could compete with him. Maybe not even Tsuna, he thought confidently.

“Well boss?” A voice nearby asked. “What’s our next step?”

“We attack the Mariches.” Dino stated proudly. “We have a lot of power now, so it shouldn’t be any problem.”

“That is a bad idea, young Dino.” Another voice spoke up, one filled with more wisdom than the previous.

It belonged to Don Xote, a retired cartel leader. Although he had been revered as one of the most powerful mafiosos of his time, the job had simply become too much for him, and had recently announced his retirement. Don Xote had entrusted nearly 50% of his cartel’s future to Dino. Before fully retiring however, he still insisted on offering his advice to the future leaders, one being the Chiavarone Famiglia boss.

“And why is that?” Though he appreciated Don Xote’s advice, Dino still couldn’t help but feel annoyed at being babied. It was already a given that he would inherit leadership, if only half, of the Don’s cartel, so clearly that meant that he was ready. Right?

“If we fall onto those people now, then their remaining lackeys will want revenge. Don’t forget that we were they’re working together with the government too. Attacking them would mean attracting attention from two different sources. It’s not worth it, Dino.”

The old man’s words had a very reasonable logic behind them, but the power-hungry mafioso was too ambitious to notice it.

“If we don’t do something about them now, then they may gain the upper hand in this drug war,” Dino argued. “We need to eliminate as many enemies as we can now before it’s too late.”

Don Xote gave the younger man a long stare before finally speaking. “But why eliminate them? Mariches and his men are powerful and honorable. It would be wise to have them as our allies, not dead.”

“Honor isn’t going to win this war,” Dino insisted. A glare was held between the two before Romario spoke up.

“Let’s just focus on our winnings for now, shall we?” He gave a tight smile, trying in vain to relieve the tension. No more words were spoken, everyone turning back to their food and drinks. Wisdom and youth, however, would soon clash, with the resulting consequences being grave.

“Group A will provide the distraction while Group B will move in and eliminate the outer guards. Next, Group C will…”


The harsh voice interrupted the battle strategy that the Chiavarone boss had been explaining to his men. Dino didn’t need to turn around to see who it was. Instead he merely spoke while still proceeding to move the chess pieces on the map around. “Why Don Xote, how nice of you to join us. I thought you wanted none of this?”

“I came here because Romario told me what you were up to.” The old man maneuvered himself to Dino’s side. “I already told you that this is a bad idea. If you continue to do this, then I will demote from cartel leader. Don’t even think you’ll get anywhere near my men or supplies.”

The blonde’s head snapped up, fury raging in his eyes. “Don’t you dare. It’s because of me the Chiavarone Famiglia is the way it is now. You won’t find a more suitable man than me to take over for you!” With each sentence his voice increased in volume.

“Indeed, but I will not have an irresponsible, blind, and selfish fool take my place. Besides, remember that I have another man who will be taking half of the cartel. Perhaps I shall give it all to him.”

Dino pursed his lip. No way. No fucking way. He had worked hard for this opportunity. Endless, restless nights of work, hours upon hours of work. All for this? No! He screamed internally. I won’t allow my hard work to go to waste!

He cleared his throat. “Everyone, please leave. And send in Romario.” The men glanced at each other nervously before heading out the door, a few throwing glances over their shoulders. Once the two heads were left alone, Dino resumed his argument. “I have earned your place. You will not take it from me.”

“I am not taking anything away young Dino.” Don Xote spoke with a note of tiredness in his voice. “It is you who is throwing everything away. Do you not realize how much of a pointless risk you will be taking by going after Mariches? Can you really not notice it?”

“What I notice is an excellent opportunity to increase our power. If we take down Mariches, then we will be feared. And since you want more allies, what better way to recruit them than by exhibiting our strength in such a way?”

The old man shook his head. “No, Dino, no. It will only send the wrong message, believe me.” He gave him a solemn look. “I have been there before.”

“Well, times have changed!” The Chiavarone mafioso was starting to lose his patience, and with it, his calmness. “Your old ways won’t work in this age’s mafia world. Just leave it to me.” He felt confident. If he could prove himself, then no doubt his place in the cartel was secured. Maybe even the entirety would belong to him. But one glance at the Don’s face told him otherwise.

“No, young Dino. It is a grave mistake. If you cannot see what you lack, then I cannot see a reason to pass on my leadership to you. I apologize, but our business together ends here.” Don Xote turned to leave.

Something inside Dino snapped. Flashbacks flickered in his mind. He saw himself slouched over his desk, memorizing information on several enemies. He saw himself moving chess pieces, discussing with Romario the different ways to take on different enemies. And then he saw a face. Mine? He thought, but then the image became clear. It was Tsuna’s. One by one his Vongola Guardians became visible. I’ll be surpassed by him even more…

Red blinded his vision. “You will not take this away from me!” Dino shouted. He launched himself, hands wrapping around the old man’s frail neck. Despite having been caught off guard, the Don quickly managed to whirl around and grab hold of Dino’s arms. He attempted to push himself free, but to no avail.

With a strong pull Dino caused both himself and the older man to almost fall over. He steadied them both, shoving Don Xote against the wall, hands still wrapped around his neck. It provided a more threatening hold. Unfortunately, he underestimated his bravery. “You may take my place in my cartel, but you will always remain a fool!”

“Be quiet,” Dino whispered. He was no fool. He had gotten the Chiavarone Famiglia out of its financial crisis. A fool couldn’t do that, could he?

“Your inner selfishness will bring about your downfall, and to those around you. Vongola is a just as much of a fool to have you on his side!”

“Be quiet,” Dino repeated, louder this time. The Don was spewing lies, of course. If he really was selfish, then he wouldn’t have been the winning candidate for a high ranking place in the cartel. Right?

“You will remember my face, Dino! When you attack Mariches you will see my face… when you strike your other enemies down… and when you aid Vongola… I will haunt you…”

“Be quiet!” Dino screamed his command this time. “Your face will not follow me anywhere! It won’t! It can’t!” He shook his head, blond locks whirling around. He would prevail. He would become the greatest leader of the cartel. He would prove himself to Don Xote.

After a while he red had started to fade away. He hadn’t even noticed how heavy his breathing had gotten or that he had closed his eyes. Opening them, he quickly drew his breath in, frozen in terror. The sight before him was menacing.

Don Xote laid still, arms at his sides. His mouth was slightly opened, saliva slowly drooling out. His eyes were shut closed. The look on his dead face was anything but peaceful.

Dino drew himself back, not realizing that throughout the whole fight, his hands had kept unconsciously tightening around the Don’s throat, preventing him his last breaths. Then that meant…

A noise from startled him from behind. Quickly turning he saw Romario, mouth opened in a silent gasp. He managed to regain his composure long enough to whisper his confusion, “What happened?”

Dino stood up slowly. His legs felt weak, but he had no time to tend to himself. “The Don had a heart attack.”


“The man had a heart attack,” Dino repeated, fully turning to look Romario in the eye. “He had a heart attack and collapsed.” He moved closer, daring his right hand man to object. “Right?”

Edinson Vólquez lanza juego sin hits con los Marlins

MIAMI (AP) — La jornada de Edinson Vólquez parecía que iba a terminar tras solo tres lanzamientos. Y el dominicano contempló la posibilidad de salir del juego al cabo de cinco innings debido al agudo dolor que sentía.

Un par de horas después, nada le dolía.

Permaneció en el montículo para lanzar el juego de su vida.

Vólquez lanzó el sexto juego sin hits en la historia de los Marlins de Miami, al enfrentar al mínimo de 27 bateadores en la victoria 3-0 sobre los Diamondbacks de Arizona el sábado.

El derecho de 33 años de edad también se convirtió en el sexto pitcher dominicano que tira un partido sin hits, emulando Ervin Santana, Francisco Liriano, Ubaldo Jiménez, Ramón Martínez, José Jiménez y Juan Marichal. Santana y Liriano fueron los últimos en lograrlo en 2011.

Vólquez (2-7) recetó 10 ponches, y los dos corredores que se le embasaron por boletos, fueron retirados tras doble matanzas. En total, empleó 98 pitcheos, el último para ponchar a Chris Owings y completar la joya.

“Cuando completé el séptimo, ahí fue cuando me dije: ‘voy por ello’”, relató Vólquez. “Y lo conseguí”.

Fue el primer juego sin hits en las mayores esta temporada, y el primero que sufren los DBacks desde que el venezolano Aníbal Sánchez lanzó uno el 6 de septiembre de 2006.

En la historia de los Marlins, Vólquez se suma al también venezolano Henderson Álvarez, Sánchez, A.J. Burnett, Kevin Brown y Al Leiter, con juegos sin hits.

Vólquez estuvo a punto de salir del juego tras apenas tres lanzamientos, luego de una colisión con Rey Fuentes, el primer bate de Arizona, al cubrir la inicial, cayendo mal con su tobillo.

"Creí que me había roto el tobillo”, bromeó Vólquez.

“Soy alguien que cree en Dios”, dijo Fuentes. “Y si tenía un plan para Vólquez, hoy era su día”.

Vólquez fue uno de los lanzadores que los Marlins ficharon en el receso de invierno para cubrir el espacio dejado por la muerte de su as cubano José Fernández, quien se mató en un accidente en bote en septiembre pasado.

Y Vólquez tuvo muy presente a Fernández en todo momento el sábado.

También a su compatriota Yordano Ventura, el pitcher de Kansas City que murió en un accidente vial en la República Dominicana en enero. Ventura hubiera cumplido 26 años el sábado. No solo eran compatriotas, sino estrechos amigos y compañeros del equipo de los Reales que ganó la Serie Mundial en 2015.

“Fue especial dedicarle el juego”, dijo Vólquez.

La primera temporada de Vólquez en Miami arrancó de la peor manera. Los Marlins perdieron en ocho de sus primeras nueve salidas, con Vólquez cargando la derrota en sus primeras siete decisiones.

Pero en esta tarde, estuvo casi que perfecto.

“Fueron tantas las cosas que se compaginaron”, dijo el manager de los Marlins Don Mattingly. “Y su reportorio estuvo impecable”.

Vólquez es el ejemplo de un trotamundos del béisbol. Los Marlins son su séptimo equipo en 13 campañas en las mayores, presentándose el sábado con una marca de por vida de 90-86.

Fue seleccionado para el Juego de Estrellas en 2008, cuando registró foja de 17-6 con Cincinnati. En 2015, fue clave para la conquista de la Serie Mundial con Kansas City, abriendo el primer juego en el mismo día que falleció su padre.

“Este es uno de esos días en los que no sabes qué puede pasar”, señaló Vólquez. “Y hoy me tocó un juego sin hits”.

Dominicana sueña en ser el Hollywood del Caribe

SANTO DOMINGO (AP) — ¿Una película de acción en la selva venezolana? ¿Un filme de terror en un océano mexicano? ¿Un drama en el Congo o en La Habana? No importa, puede rodarla en República Dominicana.

Las exuberantes montañas, las playas de arena blanca y la arquitectura colonial de esta nación se ven cada vez con más frecuencia en largometrajes y series de televisión de productoras internacionales, persuadidas por un plan gubernamental que mediante incentivos fiscales busca convertir a Dominicana en un nuevo centro de creación cinematográfica, en el Hollywood caribeño.

“Ya estamos en el mapa”, dijo Yvette Marichal, directora del instituto gubernamental creado en 2010 para promover al país de más de 10 de millones de habitantes como un destino para productoras cinematográficas internacionales.

El año pasado se rodaron en Dominicana producciones internacionales como la estadounidense “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, protagonizada por Vin Diesel, y “True Memoirs of an International Assassin”, para Netflix. También se filmó aquí la británica “47 Meters Down”, con la actriz Mandy Moore y que se estrena a mediados de junio en las salas de cine estadounidenses.

En 2010 se produjeron apenas tres filmes locales, pero para 2016 la cifra alcanzó 20 cintas nacionales y 45 producciones audiovisuales extranjeras, incluidos un par de largometrajes, varios documentales y programas de telerrealidad, con una derrama económica de 86,6 millones de dólares y la creación de 4.000 empleos.

“Tenemos casi todos los ecosistemas en esta islita”, dijo Marichal, quien habló con The Associated Press unos días después de haber asistido al Festival de Cannes para promocionar al país como locación y mostrar su talento artístico y técnico. “Sólo nos falta la nieve, pero para eso tenemos estudios”.

Desde 2011 República Dominicana ha instalado cada año un pabellón en el Mercado de Cine de Cannes para ofrecer los detalles de sus programas de créditos fiscales para producciones extranjeras de más de 500.000 dólares y de las facilidades de infraestructura y logística.

Además de los largometrajes, las producciones para televisión se han convertido en una constante, como la versión turca de las serie de competencias “Survivor”, que se mudó en 2011 de Filipinas a Samaná, 250 kilómetros al noreste de Santo Domingo.

La franquicia griega de la misma serie de competencias trasladó este año sus grabaciones de la Patagonia argentina al norte de Dominicana, mientras la versión sueca de “The Bachelor” utilizará locaciones en Punta Cana.

El expresidente Leonel Fernández promovió durante su segunda administración (2004-2008) un plan para convertir al país en lo que él llamó el “Dollywood de América Latina”, luego de que en la década pasada las calles de Santo Domingo se convirtieron en escenarios de La Habana, Haití y el Congo para las cintas “The lost city”, de Andy García; “Miami Vice”, de Michael Mann; y “The Good Shepherd”, de Robert de Niro.

“Ese asomo de inversión hacia la República Dominicana sin ningún tipo de incentivo es lo que motiva al presidente”, comentó Omar de la Cruz, secretario del consejo asesor del poder Ejecutivo en materia de cine.

Aunque ya en los años 70 el país había sido usado como locación para rodar todas las escenas de Cuba en la película The Godfather II, así como algunas escenas de “Sorcerer” y “Apocalypse Now”, no se trató de un proyecto integral para crear una industria cinematográfica local.

En 2010 se puso en marcha la ley de fomento al cine, que establece la devolución en créditos fiscales del 25% de todos los gastos en los que incurran las producciones audiovisuales, siempre que superen los 500.000 dólares, así como exenciones de impuestos a la importación de equipos audiovisuales.

La cinta “A dark truth” protagonizada por Andy García se convirtió en 2011 en el primer filme que recibió los créditos fiscales previstos por la ley.

Los grupos empresariales dominicanos más importantes también han incursionado en la producción de filmes motivados por los incentivos.

Lantica Media, de la acaudalada familia Vicini, puso en marcha en 2013 en asociación con la británica Pinewood sus estudios cinematográficos, considerados los más modernos del Caribe y que cuentan con el que aseguran es el estanque para efectos acuáticos más grande de América Latina.

Rafael Núñez, uno de los directores de producción en Latica Media, dijo que para la cinta ““xXx: Return of Xander Cage” se contrataron 300 técnicos locales.

El impulso a la industria también ha tenido un impacto en la oferta académica, que abrió programas para capacitar a los técnicos que requerirán las productoras, obligadas por la ley a contratar mano de obra local.

“Definitivamente habrá un antes y un después en la industria de cine local”, dijo María López, coordinadora de la recién creada licenciatura en Cine y Comunicación del Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo.

Otras cinco instituciones académicas abrieron o están por abrir sus carreras en cine y la mayor universidad estatal, que ya contaba con la carrera, ha visto un incremento exponencial de su matrícula.

“Me alienta ver cómo Dominicana ha logrado tanto en tan poco tiempo”, dijo Marichal.

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chelmrtz  asked:

I know you said requests are currently closed, but I'm hoping to put one in advance of my wedding in September. My fiance and I are huge Giants fans and we're getting married at McCovey Point and then going to a game after! If you could do something with Juan Marichal and Buster Posey, our two favorite players, I would really love it. Thanks!

 Oh my goodness!!!

Wishing you and your fiancé a lifetime of happiness and lots of baseball! ♡ All the best! :)

Big Brother Bart


Colon embraces big brother, mentor role in time with the Mets

In the corner of the team’s locker room, Bartolo Colón sits on a folding chair. It may be the four young starters who make headlines, but it’s Colón sitting in the back with a group of young players surrounding him, who is the guiding force for the Mets’ youthful staff.

With an 18-year career and 218 wins under his belt, Colón has become a mentor  - a big brother of sorts - for many of the players in the clubhouse.  Being available to lend an ear is always a priority for Colón as he recalls how important it was for him to have even just one person to lean on at the beginning of his career.

“I didn’t really have that sort of help when I was starting out,” Colón said. “Back in those days there were fewer Latinos or maybe there were just as many Latinos but in those days I don’t think as many of them knew English as well as the Latinos today do.”

“In Cleveland, the person who was there for me a lot was a Puerto Rican, Luis Isaac, he was a coach. He really helped me a lot, a lot. As far as I was concerned, that was my pitching coach in Cleveland.”

While his teammates dote on him and the effort he puts into helping them, Colón admits that spending so much time around all the young, talented pitchers probably helps to keep him young too.

“I feel very happy and very proud that my teammates speak so highly of me, that they give me merit for helping them,” added Colón. “As long as I’m playing I will always continue to help these guys.”

His mentoring of the pitchers doesn’t just limit itself to the clubhouse or during the season. This offseason, Hansel Robles stayed over in Colón’s hometown of Altamira, in the Dominican Republic, and the two worked out a lot at the field. Colón himself worked out every day, Monday through Friday.

“We started out with 20 guys,” Colón explained. “By the end of it, there were just three of us but it was fun and, because of it, I feel like I came into spring training much more prepared.”

Any young player would be wise to take in all they can from Colón. With all the years of experience, it certainly seems as if Colón has figured out more than one secret to being able to last in the game for so long. Mets bullpen coach Ricky Bones attributes Colón’s incredible flexibility, amongst others, as one of the key components to his long-lasting career.

“The experience, the wisdom that he has of the game and his routine, the day-to-day preparation and the way he prepares for each start and the durability that he has had in the game is what makes everybody follow him and admire him,” Bones said.

“To get to his age and to be as flexible as he is, being in shape, despite everyone seeing him as a person who is a little fuller. That’s what’s deceiving about him because he is a person that is prepared every day and he works hard. Physically he is in better shape than many of the people who look physically fit.”

Colón confesses that changing his entire pitching style from his earlier years has also played an important role in his longevity. With age, Colón had to shift his pitching style from someone who threw with power to someone who instead throws with finesse. He credits current Pittsburgh Pirates catcher, Francisco Cervelli with helping him make the change when they had a brief stint together with the Yankees.

“There was a game I pitched in Anaheim and Cervelli said to me ‘let yourself go and let me guide you today and look only at the batters’ feet’,” recalled Colón. “That’s when I started to change everything, my whole style of pitching, because I started noticing the batters’ feet.”

“They would wait until after the first two strikes and then step in a little more to try and hit my two-seamer. The righties they step in a little more because my sinker is a little more on the outside.”

It’s these type of adjustments that have allowed Colón to pitch effectively. Over the last two seasons, Colón has averaged nearly 200-innings per season (397.0 combined innings) and collected 29 wins. Dating back to 2012, Colón has recorded at least 10 wins per season after not having a double-digit win season from 2006-2011. He’s now one win behind Pedro Martinez for second-most by a Dominican-born pitcher (Juan Marichal holds the record with 243).

So while he’s turning 43 on May 24, Colón is showing no signs of slowing down and is redefining the adage that age is just a number. He remains humble about his long-lasting success and insists that he just considers himself fortunate to be able to continue playing the game he loves with the teammates he calls family.

“The thought of retiring crosses my mind, but as soon as the offseason comes, I can’t wait to get back to my job and be with my teammates because they are my family.”  

With the regular season upon us, Big Brother Bart and his family are ready to get to work. 

anonymous asked:

Just a thought... now that MaRICH is over maybe we could celebrate the wonderful Dave Brown (who needs more love!!) in APEril?? x haha that's one of mine...

Howard, is that you?

But honestly, I am all for that and think it’s a pretty genius idea. I really like the idea of each them having a month of celebration! Julianuary, Noelvember, MaRICH, APEril, Miketober… we need something for Ayoade, though. Mayoade seems a bit awkward, no?

Anyway. Anybody up for devoting this month to the glory of Dave Brown, his face that’s too striking for television, and his many talents and causes?