Noticed this New York Times article (via the Business of Baseball blog) about the Ticos who sew major league baseballs in Turrialba. I spent 4 months in Turrialba back in 1994, and I remember talking to many people sho worked there. One guy who had just started -- newlywed with a newborn baby, trying to support his new family -- showed me his torn up hands. He would have to pull so hard on the cords, he literally cut his hands. I'm sure after a while he built up the callouses on his hands that all the other workers had, if he kept working there. Problem is, he really didn't have much of a choice.
One reason that the economy in Turrialba is depressed (that is not
mentioned in the article) is the closing down
of the railroad -- I'm not sure whether the reason for that was that an
earthquake wrecked the tracks or the new highway was built through
Guapiles -- so now all the people who want to visit the Caribbean coast
don't pass through Turrialba anymore. Anyway, I don't have a good answer
to their problems -- wish I did -- but I loved the place, and the people
there. Hope that the pressure is effective, and doesn't cause Rawlings to
just shut the plant down.
Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...
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