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Latino Athletes Made 2015 So Fun to Watch

Latino athletes made headlines throughout 2015. We were treated to plenty of homeruns, knockouts and goals – lots of goals. Here’s what went down this year:

Joey Bats and the bat flip seen around the world:

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It took Jose Bautista 11 years to play in the MLB postseason and he made it a memorable one. The Dominicano’s epic home run helped the Blue Jays defeat the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the ALDS. Unfortunately for Bautista, the Blue Jays couldn’t get past the eventual champs, the Kansas City Royals.

The UFC went to Mexico for the first time and two Latino heavyweights faced off.

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UFC held its first pay-per-view event in Mexico City, and Brazilian Fabricio Werdum punished Cain Velaquez to snatch the UFC Heavyweight title. Although Velasquez was returning to the Octagon after a 20-month layoff, most experts expected a much closer fight. Werdum, known for his jiu-jitsu game, kept the fight standing and surprised Cain with his improved striking game. Werdum controlled the fight and submitted Velasquez in the third round of their bout.

Leo Messi continued to show he’s from a different planet.

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Leo Messi nearly broke Jerome Boateng’s ankles (and Twitter) after this brilliant goal against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal back in May.

The Kansas City Royals found their “savior.”

Good morning mi gente DIOS los bendiga???

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Venezuelan and Royals catcher Salvador Perez was named the World Series MVP after Kansas City defeated the Mets in five games. And of course, Royals fans began calling Perez their savior.

A Mexico vs. Puerto Rico boxing matchup leads to another title for Canelo.

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez capped an unforgettable 2015 by defeating Miguel Cotto in November to win the WBC middleweight belt.

Hey, this Carlos Correa kid can play!

Taking flight at Minute Maid… Fun one last night #astros #win

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Puerto Rican sensation Carlos Correa concluded his magical first year in the big leagues by winning the AL Rookie of the Year. The Astros’ shortstop is drawing comparisons to Alex Rodriguez (before everyone hated Alex Rodriguez).

Chicharito quieted his haters with a clutch goal.

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After riding the bench at Real Madrid for most of the season, Chicharito scored a game-winning goal versus Atletico Madrid –Real’s hated rival – to send them into the semifinals of the Champions League. He’s since moved on to Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, where he’s been scoring goals left and right.

A Mexican and an American rode into the history books.

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Mexican jockey Victor Espinoza and his horse American Pharaoh captured the first Triple Crown since 1978.

The new pound-for-pound king is from Nicaragua.

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Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez was named the new pound-for-pound king in boxing after Floyd Mayweather retired. The Nicaraguan boasts a perfect 44-0 record.

Big Papi’s 500th home run.

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David Ortiz added to his Hall-of-Fame resume by joining the 500 home runs club. Big Papi said 2016 will be his last season in the MLB.

Canelo-Cotto event produced the fight of the year, but it wasn’t Cotto vs. Canelo.

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Francisco Vargas was headed for a loss against Takashi Miura, but the Mexican warrior rallied despite a swollen shut right eye. In an epic ninth round, Vargas knocked out the Japanese boxer to win the WBC featherweight title during the Canelo-Cotto undercard.

After lots of controversy, Mexico beats the USA in CONCACAF Cup.

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After advancing through the CONCACAF Gold Cup in controversial fashion – Mexico was awarded questionable penalties in matches versus Costa Rica and Panama – Mexico defeated Jamaica soundly to win the title. That led to a face-off with the US in the CONCACAF Cup. Paul Aguilar’s goal in overtime lifted Mexico past the United States at the Rose Bowl in October.

The Hawks go streaking to start 2015.

#Repost @atlhawks Great month of January! Let's keep getting better. #ATLHawks #HawksRising #Proudofmyteam

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Dominican power forward Al Horford was a major reason why his Hawks went 17-0 in January and extended the streak to 19 games.  Atlanta advanced to the Eastern Conference finals where they fell to the Cavaliers.

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Donald Trump Talked Sh** But Latinos Fought Back, Here's How

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Donald Trump Talked Sh** But Latinos Fought Back, Here’s How

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There simply was no way to ignore Donald Trump this year was there? I mean, when the 69-year-old billionaire announced he was entering the GOP presidential race in June he did it with an immigrant-bashing flair that demanded attention. But lets ignore him for a moment and celebrate these Latinos that stood up to Donald Trump.

Adriana Almanza responded to Trump by introducing him to her father, Raul.

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Almanza wrote an open letter that took the internet by storm. The love and respect that she has for her father, who is a Mexican immigrant, is palpable when she writes, “He left high school early on to work and contribute to the household financially. But that doesn’t mean anything. When I was young, I would come home where my dad never hesitated to help me with my homework; he instilled in me the importance of education and a degree, even though he didn’t have one. My dad has worked 5-6 days a week since I was a child and I’ve never heard him complain about it one time. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t use drugs. He is certainly not a criminal, rapist or drug trafficker, as your speech suggested.” *Mic drop*

Luis Coronel and Don Cheto weren’t having it with Trump.

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Regional music star Luis Coronel and TV/radio personality Don Cheto called out Trump and his anti-immigrant sentiments in a video remake of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” Directed by Jessy Terrero, the video also features cameos from other regional music stars such as Noel Torres and Chiquis Rivera.

Donald Trump piñatas became all the rage.

Donald Trump piñatas started popping up in Mexico after pendejadas regarding Mexicans spewed from his bocota and yes, they have managed to cross the border. Smashing a Donald Trump piñata has become quite the thing.

READ: Here’s Why Everyone Should have Been Terrified of Trump When Latinos Warned

Renowned journalist Jorge Ramos became a constant pain in Trump’s pompis.

The Univision and Fusion anchor used Twitter to blast Trump’s immigration plan.

Then Ramos had the nerve to ask questions in person.

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This made Trump so mad, he had Ramos escorted out because how dare he ask questions, who does he think he is? A REPORTER?!

Ricardo Aca, an undocumented immigrant employed at a Trump hotel, spoke out about his infamous boss on camera.

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At the risk of losing his job, Aca tells his story to prove that not all immigrants are criminals.

READ: Hillary’s Latino Outreach Director Finally becomes a U.S. Citizen

George Lopez collaborated with Funny or Die to bring us all Donaldo Trumpez.

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Donaldo Trumpez is just like Donald Trump except he’s a Mexican presidential hopeful. He wants to build a wall on the border too, but in his case it’s to keep Americans out of Mexico. It’s all funny and satirically terrifying at the same time.

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