From diamond to grill: Henry Omana, the baseball player who sells tacos to survive the COVID-19 pandemic

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By CAPosts 04 August, 2020 - 09:02pm 2385 views

Henry Omaña, the Mexican baseball player who sells tacos for the COVID-19 pandemic (Photo: Courtesy/ LMB)

Due to the COVID-19, sports had to stop their activities. Although there are leagues that are back in action, many players are waiting for them to return to training with their teams.

This is the case of Henry Omaña, pitcher of the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB). The Mexican-American works in his family's taqueria to get that extra income, which is so necessary at the moment of the health crisis.

"We have a taqueria in Pomona . It's my dad's and my brother David's there as a manager," the serpentine said in an interview with the Tecolotes communications department. "My other brother (Christian) helps with the numbers," he added.

For 40 years The Omaña family has been working in the United States selling food. His grandfather started the business with a simple "troca" (car) and then installed a taqueria 15 miles (about 24 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, in South El Monte.

Henry Omaña arrived at the end of last season at the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos (Photo: Courtesy/ LMB)

Now, the family has other two restaurants more in the same town, as well as in Covina. Henry is in the "Tacos Omaña's" , where he works during the pandemic, but also cooks when he has no call to some winter league.

"I work making tacos, I'm a cook. Whatever my brother needs, I do," he said. He called himself as a general assistant, as he goes to the shops, does the shopping or can be at the checkout.

Although the pitcher is native to San Dimas, California, it has Mexican roots. His father is from Huatabampo, Sonora and his mother from Jalisco. For this reason, businesses offer the diverse culinary variety of the Aztec lands.

They sell the plate of green chili, roast beef burritos, the "taco perrón", sopes and cakes. They have the most popular tacos in their country such as pastor, chicharrón, red chili, guts, buche and head, as well as special dishes such as fish and shrimp.

Many players are waiting for them to return to their normal activities (Photo: Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos)

"In Pomona there are many taquerías nearby, but people like to come with us for the green chilli and sauces . My brother makes a very good sauce, I think people come with us more," he said.

However, Henry stays close to the mound in his spare time. Work out alongside youngsters with sessions in batting cages, infield and various exercises. "I'm going to be working to get better and stronger all the time I get back on the team," he said.

after years and counting

Henry Omaña works selling tacos in a family business (Photo: Courtesy/ LMB)

The squad reached the LMB in 2017 with the sothing people of Monclova. The following year he was in the Pericos de Puebla and then won three wins with Sonoma Stompers of the independent Pacific Association.

"I have three years in this League (LMB). In 2017 I threw well, I was pulling outs with my curve, but in 2018 I had problems pulling strikes, I had a bit of trouble slinging in Puebla", he explained.

At the end of the final LMB season, Henry rated the feathered, where he had a 1G-2P record in seven appearances on the hill. "I was happy to be in that opener place with Tecolotes, gave me a lot of confidence, everyone was looking at my desire to win," he recalled.

The baseball player commented that the team looked to be able to compete in the LMB (Photo: Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos)

"When I won my first game (August 28 in Saltillo) was very happy with the team because they were helping me, they were behind me to win. That's my favorite memory of my entire career," the Mexican-American recalled.

The baseball player commented that the team looked to be able to compete in the LMB, but because of the pandemic everything had to stop. "I saw him ready to play. Pitchers, hitters, infield, they looked ready for the league, but we couldn't play anymore," he said.

Omaña cooks for his diners, but in his head is going back to the LMB, throwing strikes and getting outs for the border team.

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