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Fernando ‘El Toro’ Valenzuela

“And he still matters, I think, to a generation of Mexican Americans for whom he was our first hero.”

- Estela López from the documentary “Fernando Nation”

Why do the Los Angeles Dodgers have such a strong Mexican fan base? Obviously, a big reason is that the Dodgers play in eLAy, city with a huge Mexican community. But the real reason may be because so many of us remember “Fernandomania,” and the pride they felt in seeing a fellow Mexican triumph in the Major Leagues. That pride has since been transmitted to other generations, creating such a sizable group of loyal fans.