Today marks the 52nd birthday of Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela, a pioneer for Latinos in baseball and a hometown hero in Los Angeles. In 1981, Fernando Valenzuela took the Dodgers to the World Series, ingiting Fernandomania in LA after becoming the only player in baseball history to win the Rookie of the Year award and the Cy Young award.
Valenzuela paved the way for today’s Mexican-American stars like Luis Cruz and Adrian Gonzalez, who are both now using music from Nacional artists in their introductory videos, blasting Nortec Collective and La Vida Boheme on all the Dodger Stadium jumbotrons whenever they come up to bat.
Watch Luis Cruz / La Vida Bohème:
Watch Adrian Gonzalez / Nortec Collective:
Nacional Records also helps curate VIVA LOS DODGERS, a family-oriented concert series at Dodger Stadium before every Sunday home game, where both La Vida Boheme and Nortec Collective have played, which is hosted by KCRW DJ Raul Campos.
Feliz cumpleaños Fernando!