In Part 3 of a series about the new team lineups for the 2018 high-goal season, Valiente patron Bob Jornayvaz shares his insights in an interview about the Facundo Pieres-Adolfo Cambiaso alliance and how it can benefit the sport.
HOW DID YOU RECRUIT FACUNDO?
Bob J: It was really Adolfo's doing. When Orchard Hill decided they were done with high-goal, we figured someone would pick up Facundo very quickly. So initially it just didn't enter our thought process. Then this summer when Adolfo was in England with Facundo, they talked about it. Adolfo called me and asked if I would want to play with Facundo. I said absolutely, if you can make it happen and you're happy with it. Adolfo consults with me, but he's in charge. At the end of the day this is Adolfo's team to build.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT IT PERSONALLY?
I couldn't be more excited. I'm honored that Facundo said yes. I think he looks at joining the team as more than just a job and a paycheck. That's the part I'm thrilled about. Facundo said he wants to learn from us, and we have a lot to learn from Facundo, too. It's just an incredible win-win situation.
OTHER THAN HIS HANDICAP, WHAT DO YOU THINK FACUNDO BRINGS TO THE PARTY?
I think it will be fun! It will be great for polo and great for Adolfo and the Piereses to get together.The other part that's really exciting is that Curtis Pilot [Sonny Hill patron] will be playing with Gonzalito and Facundo in the 20-goal. We hope to have a lot of practices and barbecues and spend a lot of time together as two organizations that are very, very friendly.
Curtis spends most of June with us here in Denver. I can't say enough good things about him. We have so many of the same goals. We love the social aspect of polo—and with Curtis it's very easy to have a good time because he’s a really close friend of ours. He's a great guy, and he has a strong relationship with the Piereses. I obviously have a strong relationship and partnership with Adolfo. Having Facundo on our team presents a unique opportunity to build those relationships. For us it's all about building relationships and continuing them, not only having a winning team.
WHAT ARE YOU ESPECIALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO?
The opportunity to play with Adolfo and Facundo, because I like to work on the field. I'm not as much offensive as I like to work, so the opportunity to play with both Adolfo and Facundo is just an amazing opportunity. I play differently than a lot of other sponsors. I think my style of play lends itself to the two of them working together, which I think is going to be amazing to watch. I've had the joy of playing with Adolfo and Juanma [Nero], and Adolfo and Pelon [Stirling]. When you get two creative, highly talented 10-goalers together, it's amazing to watch and incredible to play with them.
IS IT FAIR TO HAVE THE TOP TWO PLAYERS IN THE WORLD ON THE SAME TEAM?
As Adolfo explained in his interview, his job is, and always has been, to build the best team possible. He decided the best player to bring onto the team was Facundo. In terms of fairness, the world knew from February to July 1st, when we made the deal in England, that Facundo was available. They had five months to invite him if they wanted to.
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