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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lindor and his magic night in Puerto Rico

Por Feco

MLB returned to Puerto Rico and one of the players who enjoyed it the most was Francisco Lindor. The Indian had an unforgettable night in which he homered and celebrated. To those criticizing his ways, he answered: '' I never try to disrespect anyone. I respect all those who are in the field, but one dreams of those moments and will not act like he has given 500 homers. I have not given 500, "he said

In the first game of his career in Puerto Rico, Francisco Lindor surpassed even his most fanciful dreams. Lindor hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to break a pitcher's duel and star Corey Kluber pitched nearly seven innings, guiding the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday at the Hiram Bithorn stadium in San Juan, in the first game of a miniseries of two games that marks the return of Major League Baseball to Puerto Rico, after an absence of eight years. ''Actually, my dreams were to play at Hiram Bithorn, a park that for many Puerto Ricans belongs to the Major Leagues, to play so that my parents could see me here, but my dreams did not go that far'', said Lindor, who had never played in his native country since he signed as a professional player in 2011.

With the score in blank in the middle of the game, Lindor dispatched a 350-foot shot through right field off right-hander Jake Odorizzi with Bradley Zimmer at second base. Dominican third baseman Jose Ramirez and outfielder Michael Brantley added back-to-back home runs against Odorizzi in the fifth, and Cuban first baseman Yonder Alonso took it out against reliever Gabriel Moya in the eighth for Cleveland to win for the seventh time in his last nine games.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Lindor is the seventh Puerto Rican to hit a home run at Hiram Bithorn in Major League games. The others: Ramón Castro, Felipe López, Javy López, Bengie Molina, Igor González and José Vidro. Vidro (3) and López (2) are the only ones who took the ball on more than one occasion at the park. It was remarkable that although Minnesota plays at home in the series, the 19,516 that exceeded the regular capacity of the park, many wearing shirts with # 12, clearly were with Cleveland, but above all with Lindor, who was the most applauded player during the presentation of the teams before the game.

When the two-time All-Star shortstop and Gold Glove winner in his first four seasons failed with deep fly to center field on his first AB, he was received with a standing ovation by the fans sitting behind the Indios' cave. And when Lindor homered in the fifth, the crowd unleashed a noisy celebration and the player joined briefly, something unusual in the traditional standards of the Major Leagues, as it was published by ESPN. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever felt in my life," said Maria Serrano, Lindor's mother.