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North Texas artist unveils inspiring mural for Major League Baseball All-Star Week

Fort Worth artist's mural pays tribute to Hispanics following their baseball dreams
Fort Worth artist's mural pays tribute to Hispanics following their baseball dreams 06:07

FORT WORTH – "Dream big." That's the message behind hometown artist Juan Velazquez's latest mural, which he painted on the side of Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center on Main Street near the Fort Worth Stockyards and unveiled to much fanfare Wednesday morning.

The mural showcases current and former Texas Rangers stars, including Adolis Garcia and Pudge Rodriguez, along with young baseball players ranging from T-ball age to high school and college.

Juan Velazquez's latest mural, featuring past and present Texas Rangers icons, was unveiled in Fort Worth ahead of the 2024 MLB All-Star Game.   CBS News Texas

Major League Baseball commissioned Velazquez to create artwork for this year's MLB All-Star Week in Arlington.

"We hope to inspire, with this mural, the younger generation to dream big, work hard and treat people with respect and dignity," said Catalina Villegas, director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the MLB.

Velazquez drew inspiration from "the neighborhood," aiming to reflect its Hispanic heritage. He says his goal is to motivate local children by allowing them to envision themselves in the art and dream.

"If we can maybe connect with a younger fan base and get them interested in baseball, then there's a future for it," Velazquez recently told CBS News Texas. "... There's a lot of youth that love baseball, and it doesn't need extra attention, but you know if you really love something, you would want it to survive."

He said he hopes kids become motivated by looking at the mural. "You have to dream is short," he said.

"When you look at a piece of art that Juan so beautifully put together, it's more than art, it's a mirror for kids in this neighborhood to see representation," said Chuck Morgan, the voice of the Texas Rangers.

It isn't the first time Velazquez's artwork has received significant attention.

A previous baseball-themed mural of Velazquez garnered widespread social media attention when it depicted ex-Rangers infielder Rougned Odor punching the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista.

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