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This Latino Pelotero Is Kind Of A Maniac And It’s Fun To Watch

Meet Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The 24-year-old Puerto Rican is currently a utility player for the Dodgers.

Ahhh baseball is back!! ??? #ST16

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What’s a utility player? A player who can play several positions and fill in wherever (and whenever) he’s needed. “Yo soy como el Bugs Bunny de la pelota,” jokes Hernandez about his versatility.

And he’s kind of a maniac.

Let's. Go. @dodgers!!!

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Last season, he dressed as a banana in the dugout…during a game.

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Why? Well, it all began with the “rally banana.”

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Last season, while the Dodgers were in the middle of a 35-inning scoreless streak, Hernandez grabbed a banana and started pointing it like a gun at opposing players. Soon, the Dodgers broke their scoring drought and Hernandez credited the banana for helping them get out of their funk. Hernandez: “I said, ‘I’m on the bench, I’ve got to help my team somehow, we’ve got to come up with something.’ So I look around and the first thing I see is a banana and I said, ‘This banana is going to be a rally banana.'”

Hernandez and his teammates began to embrace the banana.

??? #Minions #HappyFlight #WinningIsFun @yungjoc650 @redturn2

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And so did Dodger fans.

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Hernandez says he had two fruit companies that sent him banana swag, including a bright yellow banana suit and a banana jacket.

So, during an extra inning game against their bitter rival — the San Francisco Giants — Hernandez was asked to put on a banana jacket by Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

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When Hernandez told Friedman he’d be fined for wearing the jacket in the dugout, Friedman responded that he would pay the fine. “Gotta do what the boss says,” said Hernandez to Inside The Dodgers.

But Hernandez isn’t just a one-trick pony. He does booty shakes during introductions…

If you're not having fun while you're doing it, then you're doing it wrong!

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He rides a hoverboard in the locker room while listening to Ginuwine’s “Pony”…

S/O to @vengatti for keeping my pre-game ride on point for the playoffs!

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And he lip syncs to Justin Bieber.

What can I say?! I'm just really competitive! #DodgersLipSyncBattle @justinbieber

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Where does Hernandez get all that energy? He said he’s had it since he was a young pelotero in Puerto Rico.

#TBT to when I used to be the toughest guy in the league! #1997

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Hernandez told the TV show “Paparazzi Boricua” that his father once said Americans wouldn’t like his off-the-wall behavior. Hernandez responded that he couldn’t be anyone but himself.

Taco Tuesday! Courtesy of @adrian_eltitan! #DamnTacos ? ?: @mtycks

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He’s doing something right. Fans love his energy…

Plain and simple; RALLY BANANA!!! ??

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And teammates, even the ones annoyed by his behavior, appreciate it.

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Teammate J.P. Howell told ESPN that Hernandez’s presence helps lighten the mood in the dugout: “As soon as you find him annoying, you find yourself laughing. That’s how it works with him.”

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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What The Lakers’ Championship Win On Father-Daughter Day Means For Vanessa Bryant And Fans Of Kobe

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What The Lakers’ Championship Win On Father-Daughter Day Means For Vanessa Bryant And Fans Of Kobe

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The Lakers took home a massive win this past Sunday and scored a victory that spurred heartfelt reflection from longtime fans and family of the Los Angeles- based team After a year of devastating heartache and uncertainty, the feat was a reminder of the absence of a great presence that had long dominated basketball courts: Kobe Bryant.

In a post shared to her Instagram over the weekend, Vanessa Bryant congratulated the Lakers’ victory while paying tribute to her late husband and daughter.

Bryant congratulated the Lakers for their win in a heartfelt Instagram post that featured an image of Kobe alongside the Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka. “Congratulations Uncle P!” Bryant wrote. “Congratulations @lakers Kobe was right, RP! ‘Stay the course-block out the noise. Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this.”

Fans were quick to point out that the team’s win coincided with Father-Daughter Day.

“Kobe and GG were taken so.suddenly and so cruelly because they were needed for a fight…they are not gone forever they are with you now. They await your reunion…but do not want you to be sad ….they miss you but will be happy if their departure means a greater change for humanity,” one user commented. ” God bless you Vanessa. Although I havent seen your skin with my eyes…I can feel your pain with my mind. Please Father comfort this beautiful woman and her beautiful children. Shine your light of love wrap her in your warmth. Your husband loves and adores you. And he’s proud of how you are so strong.”

“Job Finished. For you, Kobe,” another user wrote about the win. “What a season it’s been. No. 17 carries a different meaning because of the loss of you and Gigi. You mean so damn much to us. You gave us 20 years of your blood, sweat, and tears. You brought not one, but FIVE championships to this franchise. You’re the reason we’re proud to be Lakers fans. Not only did you win at all costs, but you embodied the man we all strive for & hope to be one day. I hope we made you proud this season. This one’s for you, Bean… for all the memories you’ve given us throughout your lifetime. As always, we love & miss you, Mamba.”

Bryant also paid tribute to her husband-daughter duo on Instagram with an image of Kobe holding Gianna in his arms after the Lakers won the 2009 NBA Championship.

Since their passing, fans have often pointed out that Kobe and Gianna shared a special bond and love for basketball. Later in his career, Kobe was open about his love for his daughters and desire to see Giana take on his legacy as a basketball player. At the time of his death, Bryant was a coach for Gianna’s team at the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California.

During a memorial for her husband and daughter, Bryant eulogized their bond noting how inseparable they were.

In Bryant’s eulogy of her husband and daughter, she reminded the world of their inseparable bond. “God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” Bryant remarked at the time. “He had to bring them home to heaven together.”

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