When he assumed command of the Matanzas team, Armando Ferrer was confident of playing a good role, but he never thought he would discuss the title this season. The experienced director in foreign leagues debuted in the domestic championship with the basement team of the previous edition, looking to change the image of the boys and advance, at least, to the second phase.
Not only did they arrive until that moment of the season, but now they are at the door, five years later, of a final of the Cuban ball, after caressing the trophy in campaigns 52 and 53, to finally give in to Villa Clara and Pinewood of the river.
Matanzas will visit the Bulls of Camagüey this January 1th1 in the contest for the title, which he won for the last time in 1991, precisely against this selection under the name of Henequeneros.
In the first match of the play off, the duel between Lazaro Blanco from Gran Canaria and Freddy Asiel Álvarez from Villa Clara is expected. The Matanzas manager confirmed that the next in the lineup is Yamichel Pérez, who since the second phase and the semifinals has eight wins and two saves.
“Our goal is to win, for that we will use the best of our“staff”. On Saturday we will open with Freddy, but as the main thing is to guarantee victory I do not rule out the possibility of using Yamichel as a reliever, he is in excellent shape. ”
Armando Ferrer was the assistant to “Sile” Junco 29 years ago.
“I know the team and I can assure that they will go out with the same claw to play. Camaguey is a strong team, but we defeated the current champion and that positively influences the mood of the athletes. ”
For the director of the Crocodiles, a winning line-up should not be changed in play-off matches, although some bats have dropped in their averages. Thus he confirmed that he will maintain the line up with which he faced the Woodcutters.
With regard to criticism about the composition of the team, Ferrer said he was not interested in where they came from, but his level of commitment to the shirt, because that is the dynamics of world baseball.
“The important thing is to have a united team that defends the colors of Matanzas. The level of delivery determines how Matanzas are or not and in that sense they are all Crocodiles. They must be one from the bank to the ground and it shows. They are playing with enthusiasm and enthusiasm that shows that there is ´team work´. ”
For the manager of the Crocodiles, reaching this point is a triumph for the systematic, delivery and cohesion that they achieved, after this season the scientists from Noelvis Entensa and Erisbel Arruebarruena, David Mena and the capitalist Javier Camero were incorporated.