It’s the official end of an era in Los Angeles. Long-time Dodgers super-utility man Kiké Hernandez inked a 2-year deal to join the Boston Red Sox this winter, ending a 6-year run with LA. Along the way, the rally banana became a fan favorite as well as an author to some of the best moments in recent Dodger history.
On Thursday night, Kiké shared his love and gratitude to the fans in Los Angeles in a tear-jerker of a social media post.
I LOVE YOU FOREVER!!
THANK YOU!! pic.twitter.com/kSIAwJiOt9
— Enrique Hernández (@kikehndez) January 29, 2021
As he retells the story of his time in Dodger blue, the overarching message is clear… he is going to miss the fans and the great city of LA.
There are not enough words for me to describe how THANKFUL I am to you for embracing me from Day 1! From the rally banana days, to the balk-off, to the pinch hits, to Game 5, to the pitching days, to the “Let KIKE CATCH” days, to the bobblehead night, to finally, WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!
Calling DODGER STADIUM home and playing in front of you will FOREVER have a special meaning to me. … From the bottom of my heart, I will LOVE YOU ALL FOREVER!
Additionally, his wife Mariana shared her final bit of love to the city and organization they’ve called home for the last 6 years.
— Mariana P. Vicente (@MarianaPVicente) January 29, 2021
The 29-year-old Hernandez came to the Dodgers by way of trade with the Marlins in December of 2014. Over 6 seasons, he accumulated a .240 batting average with 68 home runs and 213 runs batted in across 648 games. While he will be remembered more for his glove than his offense, his greatest moments with the bat always came in the postseason. Including a key, game-tying pinch-hit home run in game 7 of the 2020 NLCS.
Kiké, thank you for the laughs and the memories from these past 6 years. Thank you for the clutch hits and the incredible diving plays. And thank you for helping finally bring home a championship for the first time in more than 3 decades.
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