It Itches and Spreads: Four Dominicans following the trail of Rocky Balboa in Philadelphia.

Four athletes left Santiago for Philadelphia with two missions, to see the World Series and climb the Rocky Stairs.

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Although in their younger years they played other sports such as baseball, basketball, softball and tennis, they are now golfers.

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These are Leo Sánchez, José Clase, Pepe Domínguez and Dr. Rafael Llinás, who accomplished the feat of climbing the 72 steps, which became famous in the Rocky boxer saga, played by Sylvester Stallone.

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The order in which they arrived does not matter, the important thing is that to the rhythm of the song “Gonna Fly Now”, Leo, Clase, Pepe and Llinás went up and the photo that illustrates this installment is the best proof that they reached the goal.

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Also, they brought luck to the Philadelphia Phillies, because although Monday’s game was suspended, on Tuesday they played and beat the Astros 7-0.

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The steps are in front of the Art Museum and were scaled by Rocky Balboa when he was physically preparing to film the boxing saga.

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Such was the fame of Stallone’s films that the scene when Rocky reaches the top and raises his arms deserved to have a bronze statue made.

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Also, there are the footprints of the shoes that Rocky Balboa used to train and there people put their feet at the end of the tour.

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Thousands of tourists daily personify the scene, so much so that Philadelphia’s Director of Commerce said in 2015 that after Benjamin Franklin, Stallone and his character are the people who have done the most for Philadelphia.

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Probably, it happened to me, when watching the movies, they thought that the character was in honor of former boxer Rocky Marciano, but no.

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Rocky Balboa is inspired by former boxer Chuck Wepner, who is now 80 years old.

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46 years ago, in 1976, the first Rocky was filmed, in 79 Rocky II, in 82 Rocky III, in 85 Rocky IV, in 90 Rocky V, in 2006 Rocky Balboa, in 2015 Creed, in 2018 Creed II and by 2023 Creed III is coming.

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They are one of the wonders that can be done when sports are combined with cinema.

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SQUEEZE PLAY: Philadelphia is the North American city where “Black Friday” originated…Is there a long way to go until February 27?…Cibao FC has made history this 2022…It won the Dominican Soccer League…It won the Expansion League…And it won the National Tournament U-19…But they are in the final of the National U-16 Tournament…They will play the Jonathan Faña School for the North title and the winner will face the South champion for the national title…The orange club gets the most out of anyone…This Wednesday I saw Máximo Ventura’s birthday…He was a tremendous amateur baseball player…I’m going to get data to dedicate one or two columns to him…Let’s see if Héctor Camacho, Ruddy Fernández, Eduardo Núñez, among others, get their act together and contribute the data…Yesterday we talked about the soccer game in Madagascar that ended 149-0…It was the last one for the narrator, he still speaks in signs…Paolo Modolo is handsome with Leo Sánchez, José Clase, Pepe Domínguez and Rafael Llinás, because they left and left…”If they were going to visit the statue of the Sementa The Italian must have taken me”…It seems that Paolo is a family member of the Italian Stallion…Wilmer Difó trained this Wednesday at the Cibao stadium…William Valdez, his usual coach, told me that in a few days he is ready to play…Lidom does not have a time limit for the hitters?…Peter O’Brien begins to make a ritual at each pitch and takes precious time…He told me “My Tarnished Crystal Ball”, that, in Philadelphia, the Constitution of the United States was signed…For today, out 27.

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It Itches and Spreads: Four Dominicans following the trail of Rocky Balboa in Philadelphia.


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