This Latino Ballplayer Won Over America After One World Series Game

Meet Francisco Lindor. He’s a 22-year-old shortstop for the Cleveland Indians.

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The Puerto Rican rookie has been a standout for the Indians all year. Not just for his play — he batted .301 with 15 homeruns and 78 RBIs in the regular season — but for his youthful exuberance on and off the field.

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That exuberance was on full display during game one of the World Series, where Lindor showed why he’s become a fan favorite in Cleveland. Before game one even started, Lindor had a smile on his face.

And in the very first inning, Lindor won over America — except Cubs fans — by winning everyone free tacos.

How’d he do it? Taco Bell was running a promotion with Major League Baseball: if anyone stole a base during the World Series, Taco Bell would give away a free tacos for a few hours.

Later in the game, Lindor and fellow Boricua Javi Baez had a little fun at second base.

After Lindor hit a double in the seventh inning, he had a chance to meet up with Javi Baez, an old friend who he used to play against in high school.

Lindor’s energy is infectious, especially in a game that is sometimes criticized for being too serious.

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David Wallace, Lindor’s manager in the minor leagues, says he’s always got a smile on his face. “What you see from him on the field is real. That’s all Frankie,” said Wallace to the Cleveland News-Herald.

This moment, captured when the Indians were adding to their lead, sums up how much Lindor has playing the game.

And when game ond was over, Lindor remained humble.

Lindor and the Indians have their work cut out for them. The World Series is tied 1-1 and the Cubs have three games in a row at home.

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