The world doesn't stand a chance when Fernando Rodney brings his lucky plantain to the ballpark.
The Dominican Republic moved past the Netherlands Monday night and will now play in the World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico.
Sure, you could give some of the credit to the timely hitting of Moises Sierra and Robinson Cano, but the real reason the Dominican Republic took the semifinal was the undeniable power of Fernando Rodney's lucky plantain.
The video (h/t Big Lead) features a stoic Rodney standing confident. Well, there is a reason he is so cool before the start of the game. He has a secret weapon, a lucky fruit that also talks to him.
Here is more on this special and magical plantain from Yahoo! Sports:
It had a message for him, too, because what good is a piece of produce if it doesn't talk to you? "If you keep me close to you," the plantain said, according to Rodney, who did not indicate whether it spoke Spanish or English or maybe Fruitish, "you're going to get the win."
Sounds like Rodney's plantain is a bit of a chatty Cathy.
The powerful fruit arrived Monday afternoon via a special delivery from the Dominican Republic. Not being an expert on mystical good luck charms, I am not aware whether the plantain will still have enough mojo for the final against Puerto Rico.
If the Dominican Republic does take the title, you can bet there will be crates of the stuff lying around the Tampa Bay locker room all season.
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