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“This is Tough to Watch”: Teary-Eyed Alexis Diaz Subdues Fans as Brother Edwin Diaz’s Horrific Injury Dampens Puerto Rico Celebrations

Published 03/16/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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Given the long off-season in MLB, the World Baseball Classic has come at the very right time, providing enough entertainment to devoted baseball fans. Be it for fans or the players, the ongoing WBC has been very special for everyone. However, while baseball fans and players are enjoying the WBC, there is an upsetting update about the New York Mets reliever Edwin Diaz.

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In a recent WBC game, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico clashed for the quarterfinal spot. Although Puerto Rico emerged as the victor, Diaz’s unfortunate injury will be a big loss for them. As Diaz was carried off the field with a post-game injury suffered while celebrating with his teammates, a sense of dread swept through the stadium. Edwin’s brother Alexis Diaz, a pitcher for Puerto Rico, could not control his emotion after Edwin’s horrible injury.

Edwin Diaz’s brother Alexis Diaz was heartbroken to see his brother’s injury


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After the World Baseball Classic Pool D showdown, Edwin Diaz’s injury cast a dark cloud over the field. The sight of his brother, Alexis Diaz, overwhelmed and brought to tears was heartbreaking.

The dugout and the stands were a place of disbelief, as players struggled to come to terms with the scene before them, and so were the fans from all around the globe.


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The baseball community is united in its concern for the phenomenal pitcher. 

The injury in question: After Edwin struck out Teoscar Hernandez in an electrifying ending to their 5-2 victory. His teammates rushed out onto the field, embracing him as the happiness radiated off of them. They were hopping up and down with boundless energy, but then the player crumpled to the ground, clutching his right leg.

The celebration turned into panic as everyone around started waving frantically for help. He was then helped off the field and rolled down a concourse beneath the stands. The extent of his injury is unclear, but hopefully, he’ll be back in no time!

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Despite the injury, the World Baseball Classic between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic was epic! The crowd was on edge as Christian Vazquez launched a homer in the third, creating a 1-0 lead for the team. Francisco Lindor and Kike Hernandez followed suit with RBI singles. MJ Melendez then sealed the deal with an RBI groundout to drive in Lindor, putting Puerto Rico up by four runs.


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But the Dominican Republic fought back, with Juan Soto displaying his usual excellence in the field. However, in the end, their rivals proved to be too much for them. The Puerto Ricans have made it to the quarterfinals and will play against Venezuela next!

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Written by:

Garima Verma


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Garima is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She has recently graduated as a Master's student in Media and Communications. She is an avid reader and an ardent cinema fan.
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Abhishek Kumar