Watch The Dominican Republic’s Baseball Squad Explain Why They Have So Much Fun Together

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“We’ve done this since we were kids.”

The World Baseball Classic, an international tournament that brings together talented peloteros from countries such as Puerto Rico, Italy, Mexico and Japan, kicked off earlier this week. In a video released on The Player’s Tribune, the Dominican Republic’s baseball squad revealed they have a secret weapon to help them win games, and hopefully, the championship. No, it’s not any of the many MLB stars on its roster, which includes Adrian Beltre, Jose Bautista and Hanley Ramirez. It’s a lucky plantain. Why? The plantain, a staple of Dominican cuisine, is a symbol that reminds them of their upbringing and who they’re representing at the WBC.

In the video, New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances explains his team is rallying around a platano thanks to fellow pitcher Fernando Rodney, who first pulled the plantain out at the 2013 WBC.

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Somehow, Rodney kept a straight face the whole time.

At this year’s WBC, in the DR team’s first game, Rodney pulled out a bigger plantain and drove the crowd wild.

It looks like it’s spray-painted gold, too. Nice.

The Player’s Tribune also created a gallery featuring photos from the Dominican team’s workouts. Check them out here.

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

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Shakira Dancing Bachata In An Instagram Video Confirms What We Already Knew About Her Dancing


Shakira Dancing Bachata In An Instagram Video Confirms What We Already Knew About Her Dancing

Shakira has long had the world held captive with her sultry dance moves. Her latest project with Prince Royce is already abuzz with the fact that Shakira is giving bachata a try with “Deja Vu“. A video recently posted to Instagram is giving fans a little sneak peek as she learns bachata for the upcoming music video.

Here’s the bachata lesson Shakira recently posted to Instagram.

Get. It. Queen. ??

And her fans are loving the video.

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jiselgsilva shakira is great

tu_nena_tres @javickoKing She continues to make great music.

lizzipr ????????????

yorleidy1419 Beautiful

marh3012_ Marvelous

dianitaleal_ I love it !! ❤️❤️

Like, they are really loving it.

It seems that Shakira wasn’t quite ready for what she was getting herself into.

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CREDIT: @shakira / Instagram

Or maybe she was just impressed with her teacher’s skills.

Either way, her instructor seems happy with her progress…and his job.

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CREDIT: @shakira / Instagram

READ: Shakira Proves She Can Do Bachata In A Duet With Prince Royce

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