BRADENTON, Fla. -- At just five years old, outfielder Jose Tabata's father told him stories of Roberto Clemente. He showed him videos, articles in the paper, everything. But the young Tabata was unaware of who he was.
As Tabata got older, his father told him, ‘one day, I want to see you play with the Pittsburgh Pirates’.
"I said, ‘Who is the Pittsburgh Pirates? Because I [didn't] know, I was five years old," Tabata said. "He said, ‘I’ll let you know later.’ All the time he told me about Roberto..I love him. He’s the best. He’s not here right now but, for me, I have him in my heart."
So much in fact that Tabata has a tattoo of Clemente on his chest.
You can imagine the emotions that Tabata and his family felt when he was traded from the New York Yankees to the Pirates in July of 2008. Pittsburgh being the team that 'The Great One', Clemente played for from 1955-1972.
"I cried a little bit because I was so proud," Tabata said. "My life has changed for me, because my father...