A young Pirates fan couldn’t contain his joy when Pedro Alvarez knocked it out of the park for a home run Sunday. What caught the cameraman’s eye at the game was the little Pedro Mini-Me, complete with beard, cheering on the game-winning home run.
Looking much like his idol, the young boy beat his gloved hand against a hand railing, expressing his excitement at Alvarez’ home run.
The boy had reason to celebrate. With the win against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park, the Pittsburg Pirates are only 3.5 games behind the Cardinals in the N.L. Central.
USA Today’s For The Win reported on the home run and the Pedro Alvarez mini-me’s reaction.
“It was all very exciting, but no one was more excited than one little Pirates fan who grew a Pedro Alvarez beard, we assume immediately upon contact. Some of you may claim that beard was painted on and to those people I say: find the love in your heart necessary to believe children can spontaneously grow beards to mimic their baseball heroes. Congrats on your beard, little Pedro Alvarez. May it grow long and full all the days of your life.”
It’s no wonder the Pirates’ player is such a fan-favorite, especially for the kids of Pittsburg. Pedro Alvarez has been a member of the Pittsburgh organization for his entire career, after being was drafted by the team in 2008.
— Ryan Walton (@RyanWaltonMLB) August 24, 2015
According to the Major League Baseball website, Alvarez made his PNC Park debut in 2010 and has been a home run king ever since.
Known as El Toro, Alvarez once hit a home run all the way into the Allegheny River, a feat only three players have done in the history of the PNC Park.
The Pirates beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday. Andrew McCutchen hit his 19th homer and Pedro Alvarez’ home run was his 20th of the season.
— Headline News (@bnewsheadlines) August 24, 2015
Next up for Pittsburgh is a four-game series against the Miami Marlins beginning Monday. J.A. Happ will make his fourth start for the Pirates after being traded with Seattle last month. Happ threw six scoreless innings against Arizona last Wednesday.
— TrendsinUSA (@TrendsinUSA) August 24, 2015
Wonder if Pedro Alvarez’s mini-me is Miami bound?
[Image via Twitter/Trey Jones]