Manny is a right handed player who started playing paddleball 27 years ago at the age of 28. It all started when he saw his brother Sam play the game and soon he was on the courts smacking the little black ball against the wall. He discovered his love for the sport at the courts of Yankee stadium. When the stadium’s courts were knocked down as part of the new stadium he took his game to Van Cortlandt Park which became his home park. His favorite player is his “compadre” Anthony Rodriguez. He loves his compadre serve and has incorporate it into his game.
I asked him what he thinks of the sport of paddleball and his response was “ITS THE GREATEST SPORT, NO MATTER HOW TALL OR SHORT OR STRONG ANY ONE CAN PLAY”. He believes that to grow the sport “MORE EXPOSURE ITS A PRODUCT, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A PRODUCT? ADVERTISING”. His advice to his paddleball peers is ” SPORTSMANSHIP, ITS ONLY A GAME, SOME GUYS GO OVER THE LIMIT, TRASH TALKING IS GOOD ,BUT DON’T GET PERSONAL, WE ARE A PADDLEBALL FAMILIA. PLAY HARD ,STUDY THE GAME”. His last statement was “I GOT NEXT…..”.
CONGRATULATION Manny. You Got Next!!