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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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The Climbing Cholitas Of Bolivia Scale Mountains In Skirts And Snow

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The Climbing Cholitas Of Bolivia Scale Mountains In Skirts And Snow

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In the capital city of La Paz, Bolivia 11 Indigenous women have set out to climb higher than the sexist expectations of their world. The women come from an Indigenous group known for their bowler hats and brightly ornate clothing. They call themselves the Cholita Climbers and they’re willing to go to great heights to reach their dreams.

Up until recently, the Bolivian Aymara women worked as cooks and caretakers for wealthy families, men, and mountaineers from across the globe.

According to the Guardian, the women worked on high-altitude camps for years helping crews setting out to reach the highest peaks of the Andes. One day, the women decided to strap on crampons (shoes that are necessary for traveling on glaciers, snow slopes, and frozen waterfalls) and scale the mountains on their own.

While “Chola” is often interpreted as a derogatory term for indigenous women in certain Spanish-speaking countries, the Climbing Cholitas have taken back the word and found power in it. As a group (whose members range from 24 to 52 years old), the women weather the dangers of icy mountain terrains while holding on to ice axes and wearing their traditional dresses.

In some incredible pictures taken of the woman, they can be seen wearing colorful dresses called polleras.

The women have set out to climb the highest peaks in South America, including Aconcagua. For the time being, they’re setting their sights on scaling eight mountains higher than 19,700 ft.

Speaking about their experiences Dora Magueño, a 50-year-old member of the group, told the Guardian that she cried when she first climbed Huyana Potsí. “I’m strong, I’m going to continue and get to the top of eight mountains.”

Ultimately, the group wants to steak a Bolivian flag on the summit of Aconcagua. The mountain is located in the Argentinian Andes near the border with Chile.

Check out a video of the women below!

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Vanessa Bryant Penned A Heartbreaking Message To Kobe On What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday

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Vanessa Bryant Penned A Heartbreaking Message To Kobe On What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday

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Over seven months have passed since basketball great Kobe Bryant lost his life alongside his daughter Gigi and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. In the months since his death fans have paid tribute to the former shooting guard who left behind three other daughters and his wife Vanessa and watched as his family has slowly attempted to pick up the pieces of their lives without them. Since then, they’ve celebrated holidays and their own birthdays.

For the first time, over the weekend, the Bryants celebrated Kobe’s birthday.

On Sunday, Vanessa Bryant shared a heart-wrenching message to her late husband and daughter on what would have been Kobe’s 42nd birthday.

“To my baby~ Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi. I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.”I miss teasing you, making you laugh and bursting your bubble. I miss you sitting on my lap like my big baby that you are. I think about your tenderness and patience all the time. I think about everything you would do in situations to help me deal with everything thrown my way.”

Bryant went on to open up about her struggles to move on since her husband and daughter’s deaths which occurred this past year on January 26.

“Our lives feel so empty without you and Gigi. I’ve been completely broken inside. As much as I want to cry, I put a smile on my face to make our daughters days shine a little brighter. I’m not the strong one, they are. They’re strong and resilient. I’m sure you’re proud of them. They put a smile on my face everyday,” Vanessa wrote.”I wish I could wake up from this horrible nightmare. I wish I could surprise our girls and welcome you and Gigi home to us. I’m mad I didn’t go first. I always wanted to go first so that I selfishly didn’t have to feel this heartache. You were supposed to miss me. Gigi was supposed to be here with her sisters. It should’ve been me.”

Vanessa ended her post by thanking her late husband for showing her true love and for loving her “enough to last several lifetimes.”

“I know my Gigi is celebrating you like she always has on our special days. I miss my thoughtful princess so much! Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, Capri and I wish you a happy birthday my love. I love you for now, forever and for always,” Bryant finished the post.

Fans of the Bryants were quick to commemorate him all throughout Sunday.

To celebrate Kobe, the Lakers celebrated Kobe’s birthday by sharing a reel of his game highlights. Nike also took part by debuting a commercial titled “Better | Mamba Forever.” The ad was narrated by rapper Kendrick Lamar and was launched for what the shoe company is calling “Mamba Week.”

“Kobe taught us to be better,” Lamar recalled in the ad which features video and audio of Kobe, scenes from the Black Lives Matter protests, and clips of Nike-sponsored athletes and fans he inspired with his talent.

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