It was September 20th of 2017 when a category F4 hurricane destroyed the country of Puerto Rico, leaving many powerless and homeless. Since that time relief efforts were made by many whether it was through charity, community service and donations. But what the country was looking for was the sign of hope and something that could bring them joy. That would soon arrive from a smiley and energetic athlete from Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Francisco Lindor is one of the fastest growing stars in baseball. His bright smile and energetic play has been winning over the Cleveland fans for nearly three years now. Through the efforts of Major League baseball, Lindor along with teammate Roberto Perez would get to play a two-game series against the Twins in their home country. On Tuesday night Francisco would deliver not only for his team, for Indians fans, but for the entire country of Puerto Rico.
The moment came when in the 5th inning with Maria Serrano sitting in the stands along with relatives as they watched her son, Fransisco Lindor, crush a two-run homer just barely clearing the wall and sending the crowd into a frenzy. The fans chanted “Lindor” until he emerged from the dugout to give a curtain call. Lindor’s homer would put the Indians up 2-0 and lit a spark under the team as they would hit three more homers in route to a 6-1 win.
After the game Lindor stated “I love the Cleveland Indians fans. I love them. They’re supporters, big-time,” Lindor said. “But this is where I grew up. These are my people. It’s extremely special.” (ESPN.com)
Also, worth noting, Lindor was not the only native of Puerto Rico playing in the series. His teammate Roberto Perez who’s a native of Mayaguez. The Twins also have two players from Puerto Rico: Eddie Rosario is from Guayama and Jose Berrios is from Bayamon. Berrios will be pitching in Game 2 of the Puerto Rico series. Also, Roberto Perez is expected to start for the Indians.
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