Randy Arozarena Father Jesus And Mother Sandra
Randy Arozarena father Jesus Arozarena and mother Sandra Gonzalez raised three sons in a small town in Pinar Del Rio of Cuba.
Jesus and Sanda gave birth to their first child in 1995. Their youngest son, Ronny Arozarena, was born in 2002.
Throughout his journey in baseball and life, his father, Jesus, was his greatest supporter. He never missed his son's practice or games.
In 2014, while attending one of Randy's playoff games in another town, Jesus happened to eat a seafood plate that gave him a severe allergic reaction. He died shortly after.
“Losing my dad at such a young age was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through, and losing him in a baseball field, that has really stuck with me and gets me really sad when I think about it,” Randy said, adding that he felt alone after what happened.
Following his father’s passing, Randy also had a changed role around the house. His financial responsibilities toward the family suddenly increased, creating more urgency to begin a professional career in the United States.
The baseballer made up his mind about leaving Cuba and had a difficult conversation with his mom, his closest companion in the wake of his dad's passing.
While both understood the consequences of the said action, including the chance of never seeing each other again, Sandra gave him her blessings. Randy's mom is on Instagram under the handle @sandragonzalez58, but she is not very active on the platform.
In June 2015, the then-19-year-old made an eight-hour trip to Mexico on a small boat - as small as a kayak. He recalls, "I saw waves 5-6 meters high in the Gulf of Mexico. It was very bad. But I had to risk it to survive and to help my family."
Fortunately, Randy made it. “I took the chance and thankfully, I got here without any problems, and now I am representing the Tampa Bay Rays,” he said.