He homered Valdy Style.
When Jordany Valdespin walloped a ninth-inning homer into the second deck in right field – the “Pepsi Porch” – he flipped his bat and watched the ball soar, not exactly toeing the line on baseball etiquette.
But Valdespin seems unlikely to change. “When you hit the ball, you got to enjoy your hit,” he said. “Every time I hit the ball, homer or something, I enjoy that. Every hit, I’m enjoying, my family’s enjoying, my friends enjoying.” – By Anthony McCarron & Christian Red of the New York Daily News
Jordany Valdepsin is a polarizing figure with the New York Mets both on and off the field.
Some people love the energy and crazy things he does and others hate it. Not since the very early days of Jose Reyes’ tenure with the Mets has anyone elicited such a response.
He admires his home runs, including the shot to the Pepsi Porch referenced above, and enjoys triples hit in Philadelphia with the Mets getting blown out that annoys Philly beat writers.
He is on Instagram putting up pictures of all kinds of funny, obscure and wacky things. Some of his tweets have become legendary and are a running joke on #MetsTwitter.
He also happens to have the knack for the big moment. Two of his three home runs either gave the Mets the lead or won them the game (He hit a walk off Grand Slam against the Dodgers in April). His two out walk in Atlanta earlier this month helped start a two run rally that won the Mets the game.
He is someone that at first I was not a fan of. I thought he was a flash in the pan. His performance last year defensively being atrocious and his attitude at first turning me off to him as a player.
But this year I feel that the Mets have needed his energy, his entusiasm, his passion for baseball. This team can be as boring as paint drying. He adds fireworks to that nobody else on this team can.
Then I came across this article about his connection with his mom written yesterday and as soon as I was done reading it, I had a whole new respect for the man we call #JV1.
Last year, his first in the Majors, Jordany Valdespin made more money than he had before. Valdespin had successfully navigated the journey that most never do, from talented Dominican teenager to established big league ballplayer.
His mother, Maria Guzman, was working as a housemaid back in the Dominican Republic.
“No more work,” Valdespin told her. “Stop.”
“Stay and relax, and I’ll work for you,” Valdespin recalled saying. “I’ll do my job every day and I’ll give you everything.” By Anthony DiComo of MLB.com
The man right now is a family man.
The article explains that he speaks to his mom on the computer almost every night and she stays with him during spring training. He sends money to help support his family because his parents supported his dream of being a major leaguer.
Sometimes you make assumptions about ball players because of what you see on the field or what the media tells you.
Then you read stuff like this article and you find yourself re-evaluating everything you thought about that player.
“Your mother is very, very special in your life,” Valdespin said. “She’s the big thing you have. You’re working hard for her. When you have her next to you, it’s like an extra gift. When she dies, she can’t give you anything. So I’m working hard for her. I try to give everything to my mother, because you never know when she’ll leave.
“So that’s what I do: I focus on my job and do everything to her. A mother is the best thing you can have.” By Anthony DiComo of MLB.com
I couldn’t agree more with anything that he is quoted as saying. A mom is truly the best thing you can have.
Jordany Valdespin is many different things to many different people.
But, I can guarantee he does not care what you or I think of who he is as a ballplayer or as a person.
Because the only thing he cares about is taking care of his Mom and giving her the best life he can.
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