Cuban first baseman has found a niche with the Astros –

He lost sleep. He couldn’t concentrate. It consumed him.

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The idea that, if given the chance, he might one day conquer an American field far from his own homeland followed him back to Cuba and, eventually, to the Dominican Republic where he made a decision that launched his unlikely career in the U.S. and changed his life forever.

The Astros’ first baseman is a big reason why the team secured a spot in the World Series that starts tonight at Dodger Stadium. But his journey to Los Angeles began with a simple question, one he couldn’t shake no matter how hard he tried.

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“I was thinking, ‘Why not?'” Gurriel, 33, said in Spanish. ‘Why not play in the best league in the world?’ I didn’t want to end my career without knowing if I could play in the Major Leagues and be successful.”

In February 2016, at the Caribbean Series in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Gurriel and younger brother Lourdes Jr.. defected in the middle of the night.

Yuli signed a five-year, $47.5 million with the Astros five months later. Lourdes Jr., who goes by the nickname “Yunito,” signed a seven-year, $22 million deal with the Blue Jays that October, not long after his 23rd

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