Series will be first plane ride for Corpas’ dad
Vail, CO Colorado
ENVER ” Until now, the only way Colorado Rockies closer Manny Corpas’ father has seen his son pitch in the major leagues is on television.
But Manuel Corpas, who lives in Panama, will be at Coors Field this weekend for Game 3 of the World Series between the Red Sox and the Rockies, Sen. Ken Salazar’s office said Tuesday.
The elder Corpas is scheduled to board a plane for the first time in his life and arrive at Denver International Airport from Panama on Friday, in time to be at Coors Field on Saturday night, said Benny Quintero, Manny Corpas’ agent.
Quintero called Salazar’s office in Denver on Thursday and said the closer was having trouble getting a temporary visa for his father, Salazar spokesman Cody Wertz said.
Salazar’s office often gets similar calls from other constituents and made the same phone calls for Corpas that it would for others to help expedite the visa process, Wertz said.
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A tourist visa was approved Monday, said Quintero, who called Manuel Corpas to deliver the news.
“He was so thankful because he didn’t think he would be able to see his son,” Quintero said. “He was more than ecstatic. It made me feel good. He cried.”
Manny Corpas’ mother, who is afraid to fly, will watch the game from Panama, as is the family’s custom whenever her son is playing.
“They watch every game. She hasn’t missed a pitch,” Quintero said.
Manny Corpas, born in Panama City, was drafted by the Rockies as a 16-year-old in 1999 and made his Major League debut July 18, 2006.
Quintero said Manuel Corpas had tried three times before to watch his son play in the majors but was rejected each time. Manny Corpas was ready to tell Quintero to give up on trying to bring his father to the U.S. for the World Series, but Quintero refused.
“My father died when I was 10 years old,” Quintero said. “He was my best friend. So I said, ‘I’m taking it personal, I want your dad to be there. It’s the World Series.'”
Salazar, in a written statement, said he was glad he could help Manny Corpas “so that his father can see him play at the World Series and help the Colorado Rockies defeat the Boston Red Sox.”