Lonzo Ball Proves He’s a Big Baller by Winning Summer League MVP
Will Anyone Catch the Astros or Dodgers in the Second Half?
Watch Gold Medalist Allyson Felix Surprise Gatorade Player of the Year
Beer Baths to Selfies: How Cavs and Dubs Celebrated Their Way Back to NBA Finals
Howard Beck's NBA Spotlight: No One Has More at Stake Than Kevin Durant
The Future of Baseball Is Bright in New York with Young Stars Conforto and Judge
Kyrie Irving Makes Trick Play in Game 4
Warriors Make History by Sweeping Their Way to Finals
Kevin Durant Gets the Double Block
Will Warriors Bust Out the Brooms for Historic Sweep of Spurs in Game 4?
Can Celtics Bounce Back to Avoid Short Eastern Conference Finals vs. Cavaliers?
Howard Beck NBA Spotlight: Can We Just Fast-Forward to the Finals Already?
Celtics and Game 7s Have a Lot of History...Which Isn't Good for Wizards
Night in the NBA: Rockets & Wizards Even It Up
Night in the NBA: Tempers Flare in D.C.
Howard Beck's NBA Spotlight: MVP Doesn't Matter, LeBron Still Best Player Alive
Welcome to the Diaper Derby: the High-Stakes Races Taking Over NBA Games
Have LeBron James, Cavaliers Sealed Raptors Playoff Fate After Just One Game?
The Night in the NBA: Rockets Light Up Spurs with 22 3-pointers; Cavs Coast Past Raptors
The Night in the NBA: Rockets Bounce Thunder, Jazz Down Clips and Spurs Stop Gri
They call him the Cuban Bryce Harper, comparing his speed to Willie Mays and his power to Bo Jackson, but lofty comparisons aside, the Lazarito story is anything but easy.
At the age of 14, Lazaro Armenteros Jr., better known by his nickname Lazarito, was a budding star in the Cuban baseball ranks.
Unparalleled power and speed were his ticket to Cuba's professional ranks and baseball stardom. But unbeknownst to Lazarito and his family, the superstar was banned from Cuban baseball without explanation.
There are conflicting reports as to why he received the punishment—some say it was political, some say it was a schoolyard incident, and others say it was to prevent Lazarito from defecting.
Regardless, baseball was taken away from the youngster, and he thought about leaving the game he loved altogether.
Yet after consulting with his family and investors, Lazarito took matters into his own hands. Three defection attempts and seven countries later, a 16-year-old Lazarito found himself in the Dominican Republic ranked as one of the top international prospects in the world and the envy of 30 major league baseball teams.
He recently signed with the Oakland Athletics and is looking to turn heads in America soon.
Watch this rare, exclusive video of the Cuban star and hear from him directly about his journey to future stardom.