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Elio Chacon Rodriguez was a Major League Baseball second baseman and shortstop who played in the National League from 1960 to 1964. He was the seventh baseball player from Venezuela to play in the majors.
Chacon batted .265 as a reserve second baseman with the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds of 1961. In game two of that World Series, Chacon hit a key bloop single against New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry, and scored the winning run in the Reds' only victory in the series.
During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Elio Chacon found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, "I got it! I got it!" only to run into the 160-pound Chacon, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, "Yo la tengo! Yo la tengo!" which is "I've got it" in Spanish. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacon backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by 200-pound left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish. The band, Yo La Tengo, gets its name from this baseball anecdote.
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