World Series: Yordan Alvarez’s Family Is Here From Cuba to Cheer for Astros Champion
There’s a scene in the film “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” where Ron Burgundy, played by Adam Sandler, visits his family in Cuba. The family consists of his wife, daughter, and their dog. His father, played by George Segal, is a retired police officer. His mother, played by Margo Martindale, is a teacher. And Burgundy’s best friend, played by Andy Kaufman, is an actor. Burgundy’s family members are in a state of utter shock as they watch him go off with women.
When Ron Burgundy’s son, played by Sandler, visits the family in Cuba, he’s not in a state of shock. He’s in an uproar, crying and shouting, “This is my father! What’s going on here!?”
By the time Sandler’s son arrives with his family, the Cuban family is all smiles and giggles.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen my father cry,” said Sandler’s son, Yordan Alvarez, who played Ron Burgundy.
Alvarez, now 26, grew up in Miami and wanted to come to Major League Baseball to play. When he got to the Astros, he was greeted by a hug from his father. This was an unusual reunion for the kid who grew up idolizing his father.
Alvarez’s family in Cuba, meanwhile, embraced him warmly. On the day of his first major league game, he was in the front row of the crowd that gathered at Minute Maid Park to catch him.
“The first time I ever watched him play was in Cuba,” Alvarez says. “We made some friends in camp and we played a lot of golf, and I saw him hit some great shots. I remember walking towards the dugout and I said to my dad and I said, ‘Dad, I love watching you play.’ That’s probably my favorite memory of him. That’s probably the best memory of my father.”
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