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Rodney's lucky banana and catch of the year (so far) - welcome back baseball

When a family member sends you some fruit, show the world how much it means to you.

Fernando Rodney shows off his banana.
Fernando Rodney shows off his banana.
Image: YouTube Screengrab

THE 2013 MLB SEASON begins on 31 March when the Texas Rangers take on the Houston Astros.

Some Major League stars have been competing in the World Baseball Classic and the competition is down to its final two teams – Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Two items from this crack-slipper of a tournament, however, came in one glorious match last night.

Fernando Rodney, the Dominican closer who plies his MLB trade with Tampa Bay, unveiled his lucky banana.

The plantain, sent from a family member back home, has been a lucky omen for the Dominicans. Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over the Netherlands, Rodney said:

The banana said, ‘If you keep me close to you, you’re going to get the win.”

There was also the matter of this stunning catch from Marcos Sierra, which saw him hurtle headlong into the stands:

YouTube credit: jonh carlos

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