Adrián González has been playing professional baseball for the past 16 years, bringing his A-game to Los Doyers since 2012, but he felt something was missing from his uniform: the accent.
It’s no surprise that González felt unsettled. A word in Spanish with a missing accent? Is actually misspelled. Major League Baseball recently fixed that by adding the “á” to González. He didn’t stop there, though, challenging other Latino players, such as teammate Kiké Hernández, to do the same.
“After 16 years in baseball, there was only one thing I needed to put an accent on. Kiké, I challenge you to join.#PonleAcento,” González wrote on Instagram.
Después de 16 años en el béisbol solo me faltaba ponerle acento a una cosa. @kikehndez te reto a que te unas a #PonleAcento. @mlb @dodgers #losdoyers #elTitán #WeLoveLA After 16 years in baseball, there was only one thing I needed to put an accent on. Kike I challenge you to join. #PonleAcento
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And Enrique “Kiké” Hernández, his teammate, accepted the challenge by sharing a picture of his new jersey and saying, “Look how pretty Hernández looks with its accent. I already got it @adrian_eltitan, so now I invite all my Latino brothers to get their accent. #PonleAcento.”
Que bonito se ve Hernández con el acento! Ya lo tengo @adrian_eltitan, ahora invito a todos los latinos a que hagan lo mismo! #PonleAcento Look how pretty Hernández looks with its accent. I already got it @adrian_eltitan, so now I invite all my Latino brothers to get their accent. #PonleAcento
A photo posted by Kike Hernández (@kikehndez) on
CREDIT: @KIKEHNDZ / INSTAGRAM
But González wasn’t the first. Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó has been rocking his accent on his jersey since 2014.
The MLB says the move to add accents to jerseys celebrates the “unique style and energy that Hispanic players bring to the game.”
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