Today is Fernando Valenzuela’s 48th Birthday!!!
So here is a ‘Happy Birthday’ cheer for a man that captivated the sport of baseball and the city of Los Angeles when he debuted as a major league player in 1981. I firmly believe that if it wasn’t for Fernando and the ‘Fernando-Mania’ that followed as he became a baseball star, there would be fewer Latin players in the sport today. Of all of the Latin players that have been in the league since 1980, Valenzuela’s impact on the sport and in the Latin sports culture should be recognized as the greatest.
Amazingly enough, Valenzuela still gets out there and competes. Although not at a major league level anymore, Fernando can still be seen in Mexico and other Latin countries playing the sport he loves.
Happy Birthday Fernando!!! You are a true inspiration!!!