Watching a ballgame brings back wonderful memories for 92-year-old Porfirio “Pete” Espinosa.
Born in Cuba, Espinosa played baseball for University of Havana as short stop. He also played with the Brooklyn Eagle All-Stars in the Brooklyn Against the World series in 1947 at Brooklyn’s famous Ebbets Field. Players from around the world were brought to Brooklyn as part of this series.
But June 24 was just about relaxing and enjoying a game. Espinosa was an honored guest of the Bucks County Senior Softball League, watching The Artis Comets play The McCaffrey’s Wolverines at Middletown Community Park in Langhorne. Artis Senior Living of Yardley, where Espinosa is a resident, sponsors The Comets.
He was accompanied by his daughter, Maggie Fuschetti, and two team members of Artis. Fuschetti was especially delighted to see her dad enjoy watching the game and sharing his stories about playing with the team, sharing her thanks to Artis for arranging it. “I loved seeing that grin on his face. He so enjoyed it.”
Michelle Bowski, director of life enrichment for Artis, added a little extra excitement to the day by helping Espinosa “run the bases.” “I wanted him to enjoy being back on the ballfield and he really did enjoy it!” Umpire Harvey Harris even made sure he called him safe.
Cheryl Harris, senior director of marketing for Artis, was thrilled to see how excited Harris was. “It’s so nice when we get to see our residents enjoying such a simple pleasure.”
“A ballgame on a beautiful day, what could be better than that?”