Pedrique’s Paradise Lost
RailRiders manager Al Pedrique opened up to Sports Director Jim Coles about the difficult times currently in Pedrique's home country of Venezuela. This is a portion of their conversation. "We had everything that we needed in order to be happy for the wife and the family," Pedrique began. "You know, people felt safe on the street. I remember going to the games, coming out of the games late I wasn't really concerned that we were going to get robbed or killed because somebody wanted to steal your car or ask for money. And that is the Venezuela that I know, that I remember. You can see what is going out right now it is real, it's real. They say we want to make up the videos, the pictures, somebody is making that up. It's real. I saw it with my own eyes, last winter I was managing in the capital and I see families with kids, no older than 12-13 going through garbage to find food. Kids dying because they don't have medication to take care of a five, six, seven year old kid dying in the hospital because they don't have no medication."