Reds’ Elly De La Cruz goes viral after giving first press convention solely in English

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By Stacy Connor


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Cincinnati Reds infielder Elly De La Cruz is beginning off the 2024 MLB season on a excessive observe. 

In an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals, De La Cruz, 22, grew to become the youngest Reds participant to start out on opening day since 2009. Only a day earlier, the younger infielder made headlines for giving a press convention solely in English. 

Elly De La Cruz slides

Elly De La Cruz of the Cincinnati Reds slides into third base throughout a sport in opposition to the Washington Nationals at Nice American Ball Park Thursday, March 28, 2024, in Cincinnati.  (Aaron Doster/MLB Images through Getty Pictures)

“It’s so essential to me as a result of now you guys perceive what I say,” De La Cruz, whose first language is Spanish, advised reporters Wednesday. “It’s essential to the followers to know me and [for] me [to] perceive the followers.” 

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De La Cruz, who used an interpreter throughout his rookie season final 12 months, stated he’s been gaining “confidence” via conversations with teammates.

“I put lots of work on my English to speak with you guys, and I believe I’m doing a great job,” he added with a smile.  

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And De La Cruz’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by his workforce. 

Elly De La Cruz at bat

Elly De La Cruz of the Cincinnati Reds bats throughout a sport in opposition to the Washington Nationals at Nice American Ball Park Thursday, March 28, 2024, in Cincinnati.  (Aaron Doster/MLB Images through Getty Pictures)

“He’s extremely considerate. He’s humble, the way in which he listens and learns. I imply, it is superb,” Reds supervisor David Bell stated of De La Cruz Wednesday. 

“I can’t relate to that. The braveness that that takes and the respect that he has, it’s simply past something I’ve needed to cope with. It’s spectacular, and we all know that about Elly. However, for different individuals to see that, it’s good as a result of I would like everybody to see all the pieces I find out about our gamers. And for Elly, that’s a great instance of who he’s.” 

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Elly De La Cruz runs to base

Elly De La Cruz of the Cincinnati Reds triples in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers within the first inning at Dodger Stadium July 28, 2023, in Los Angeles.  (Ronald Martinez/Getty Pictures)

Reds outfielder Nick Martini homered twice within the first opening-day begin of his massive league profession, together with a two-run homer within the second inning and a three-run drive within the third to assist Cincinnati high Washington, 8-2. 

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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