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Beisbol and Futbol

Two hours before gametime Friday night at Camden Yards, Rodrigo Lopez of the Colorado Rockies was in the dugout answering questions about his return to Baltimore and the opportunity to pitch Saturday against the team for which he had played five seasons before being traded this past winter.

When he was finished with the baseball talk, I approached him about something entirely different: soccer. Lopez grew up just north of Mexico City and played beisbol rather than futbol, but "I was a big fan of Club America. My brother and I were huge fans of the Aguilas. Every chance we'd get, we would go to the matches at Azteca. During the baseball season, it's always hard to watch the games, but I try to as much as I can."

He said he also follows the national team, but "I am so disappointed every year. We have a saying that we play like never and we lose like ever. It's the same results when we go to the World Cup. The one year when we lost to the United States, I was with the Orioles and I remember Jeff Conine making fun of me. I still follow the national team. I went to the game in Arizona this year and saw the new coach, Hugo Sanchez, and we lost to the United States. It was so disappointing!"

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2007; 2:35 PM ET
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