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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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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

READ: Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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