Puerto Rico native Francisco Lindor hits home run in front of adoring San Juan crowd

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians took the field at San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium for the first of two regular season games to be played in Puerto Rico this week.

It’s the first regular-season MLB series to be played in Puerto Rico in eight years and a nod to the island’s love for baseball, contribution to MLB and its continued recovery effort from last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria that still sees the island in need of assistance.

Baseball Almanac lists 30 Puerto Rican-born players who played in MLB in 2017. One of those players is Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, who hosted a baseball clinic at his former grade school ahead of Tuesday’s game.

When he stepped to the batter’s box Tuesday in the fifth inning, he took Twins starter Jake Odorizzi deep for a two-run home run to break a 0-0 tie and start a party in San Juan.

It was his second home run of the season, a moment that brought the Hiram Bithorn Stadium crowd to its feet and led to a curtain call for Lindor after an enthusiastic celebration with his teammates.

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SAN JUAN, PR - APRIL 17: Bradley Zimmer #4 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball in the bottom of the third inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PR - APRIL 17: Fans hold up a Puerto Rico flag during the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PR - APRIL 17: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins looks on from the dugout during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - APRIL 17: Jake Odorizzi #12 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - APRIL 17: Fans celebrate a home run by Francisco of the Cleveland Indians during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium on April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PR - APRIL 17: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - APRIL 17: Fans watch the Cleveland Indians play the Minnesota Twins at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium on April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - APRIL 17: Fans celebrate a home run by Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium on April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PR - APRIL 17: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after the game against the Minnesota Twins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-1 in game one of the Puerto Rico Series. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - APRIL 17: Cleveland players celebrate at the end of their game against Minnesota Twins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on April 17, 2018 in San Juan. Cleveland Indians defeated Minnesota Twins 6-1. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/Getty Images)
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Lindor was clearly hyped about playing in front of his home fans during pregame introductions. To be able to deliver at the plate like he did made for a cool moment in San Juan.

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