Mauricio Dubon's 2019 season has been full of twists and turns. But that's how his baseball journey always has been.
The shortstop's season started in San Antonio with the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate before making his MLB debut for Milwaukee in July. Less than four weeks later, he was traded to the Giants and playing in Sacramento, the same city he spent two years in during high school.
Dubon's move from Honduras to California is just one aspect of "Living For the Dream: A Day in the Life of Mauricio Dubon," a documentary produced by San Antonio Missions' Creative and Marketing Manager, Allie Burks, before he was traded to the Giants. Here are three things we learned from the doc.
From Honduras to Sacramento
Dubon opens the documentary by saying, "I just remember always being at a baseball field." That's exactly where his life would change in his native country of Honduras.
When Dubon was 15 years old, a missions trip traveled to Honduras to give away baseball equipment. One of the coaches watched Dubon practice and asked how old he was and if he spoke English. Finally, they asked him to come to the states and play summer baseball.
Dubon enjoyed playing with his new teammates in the United States so much that he stayed for the final two years of high school where he competed at Capital Christian High School in Sacramento.
"Best decision I ever made in my life," Dubon said.
His talent was on full display in Sacramento, too. Dubon hit .509 with eight home runs, 23 doubles, 14 triples and stole 50 bases in two years at Capital Christian. The Red Sox drafted Dubon out of high school in the 26th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
"I knew when I left home, that was the main goal," Dubon said, "to be able to play in the big leagues."
Dubon arrives to the ballpark more than five hours before first pitch. He then goes through an extensive routine in the weight room.
"It's more maintenance than getting stronger, because during the offseason, that's when you're getting stronger," Dubon said. "Right now it's just maintenance. ... and for me, it's just about managing my strength."
After the weight room, Dubon then goes to the batting cage where he opts not to hit off a tee. Instead, he hits front flips to get loose before batting practice on the field.
The day the Missions documented a day in the life with Dubon, the team became the Flying Chanclas. The Missions announced before the 2018 season they would play nine games each season as the Flying Chanclas de San Antonio to celebrate the Alamo City's Hispanic community.
Dubon was decked out in pink wrist tape and high grey and pinks socks while the team wore a colorful blue, pink and yellow jersey.
"These guys give me a hard time because this is the day that I go all out," Dubon said. "I mean, it's fun. Spanish music, people around, people know it's Chanclas Night. I get to go all pink'd out. It's fun. Today's my night. That's what these guys."
It's evident throughout the day that Dubon's Latin heritage is important to him on and off the field. Sooner than later, he'll be able to display how proud of it he is in San Francisco with the Giants.