By Mark Smith
Editor in Chief
So baseball fans, how many times have you boasted about Alex Bregman being an Albuquerque kid?
I only saw the blooming superstar a time or two in high school, but it was apparent the sky was the limit for him. About three years ago, I told former Albuquerque native and ex-Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof that Bregman was going to be another Derek Jeter.
He gave me that over-the-glasses “What you talkin’ about Willis?” gaze.
I’m not even close to a Bregman expert, but I’m a fan — and this entire city should be bragging about Bregman. Because he brags about us.
There was Johnny Tapia’s “I love you Albuquerque” between rounds when the camera focused on him. And now, it’s our baseball superstar bringing Albuquerque into the national limelight.
Even the old Albuquerque Dukes.
After Game 1 of the 2018 ALDS, Alex Bregman showed up to the press conference wearing a replica Albuquerque Dukes jersey.
How often have you seen that? Instead of the bling and wild fashions many athletes wear in postgame news conferences, there was the gregarious Bregman with his Dukes duds.
Bregman loves his hometown and his state. His twitter account proudly displays the state flag, and now on a national stage, Alex again announced his pride for the Duke City. The jersey was bought at the Albuquerque Dukes Store — one of Enchantment Sports’ sponsors — here in Albuquerque.
“Bregman’s former high school coach came in and bought it and sent it to him a few years ago as a gift,” says Steve Palmisano, co-owner of the Dukes store. “I think he gave it to him while he was still in the minors. Bregman’s is the real deal, and so is his love of his this town and state — we should all be pulling for this kid as he does for us.”
Visit the Albuquerque Dukes Store for more information about Dukes gear.
Mark Smith has worked in New Mexico sports journalism for four decades and has won more sports journalism awards than anyone in state history. He is the editor in chief of Enchantment Sports. Contact him at mark.enchantmentsportsNM@gmail.com.