Why Is Rowdy Tellez Playing For Mexico?
Rowdy Tellez is eligible to play for Mexico because his paternal family is Mexican. Baseball runs deep in the Tellez family.
His grandfather, whom he had never met, played in the Mexican league. His grandfather also played in Colorado for the Greeley Grays.
Though he had the option to choose between Mexico, Israel, and the US, Rowdy decided to pick the country where his father, Greg, was born. The 27-year-old first baseman announced he would represent the green-and-white color at the World Baseball Classic on September 18, 2022.
In an interview with AZ Central, Rowdy said he was told by the US that he wasn't good enough and that Mexico had been in contact with him since 2017 and all the paperwork had been sorted out.
Greg and his wife Lori raised Rowdy and his siblings in Grove, California. It was Greg who coached his son in his formative years.
Speaking to the MLB Network just days before the tournament began, Rowdy said he was excited to represent his family's nation and holds great pride he is the one doing it. At the end of the interview, Rowdy also added that he hoped to bring the trophy back home.
And the Brewers player and his country look on course to doing so. Against their arch-rivals, Team USA, the Mexicans won with a landslide victory of 11-5, with Rowdy scoring a solo home run in the eighth.
Rowdy continued his exploits against Team Canada as he collected three RBIs. Team Mexico once against came on top as they won the game 10-3 on Wednesday. Mexico now joins Japan and Cuba in the semis.