Astros rookie hits first home run, and Puerto Rican family is there to go wild


Kike Hernandez’s first home run offered some good television . (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Enrique “Kike” Hernandez was playing in just his second major league game after being called up from the Astros’ Class AAA affiliate. So his family flew in from Puerto Rico to watch him fulfill his dream. Also in attendance, according to MLB.com, were Hernandez’s girlfriend from California and a host family from nearby (in Texas terms) Corpus Christi, where he had played AA ball.

When Hernandez came to the plate in the fifth inning, the telecast went to a split screen, showing his supporters, while they discussed some of his minor-league experiences. This proved to be perfect timing, as Hernandez launched a home run and viewers were treated to an instantaneous view of his family’s ecstatic reaction.

Just a really nice moment for Hernandez and his family — and the Astros, who entered the game 25th in the major leagues in RBI.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.

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