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

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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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