Major League Baseball’s recent Roberto Clemente Day tribute to the Puerto Rican icon stirred strong emotions for both fans and legends across the sport. The ceremony at Citi Field attracted many of baseball’s luminaries including Hall of Famer Iván Rodríguez, as well as 14 previous Roberto Clemente Award winners.
Rodríguez, who was born just a year before Clemente’s fatal plane crash, grew up idolizing the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder. He explained how deeply significant it was for him to have a part in honoring The Great One.
“It’s special for us, special for me, special for Puerto Rico, Latin America and all of the Latinos that play in this beautiful game,” Rodríguez said at Citi Field. “With him as our hero in Puerto Rico, what he did not only on the field, but the off the field things he did helping the community, it was