Fernando Rodney pulls giant plantain from pants during World Baseball Classic intros
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Mar 21, 2013
Fernando Rodney actually pulled out a giant plantain and brandished it like a gun during the introductions for Monday's World Baseball Classic semifinal between the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands. The plantain Fernando Rodney toted around the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic was not shipped special to AT&T Park in San Francisco for the final rounds, as reported to Yahoo! Sports' own Jeff Passan. It may look like a banana, but it's not. It's a plantain. And now this is bananas. I'd like to rationalize that the mystical plantain probably was grown in the Dominican Republic, shipped to the Bay Area conventionally and bought at an S.F. grocery store. The 36-year-old Rodney will turn 40 in 2017 so he'll be an over-the-hill title defender if he's asked back. But given the way he led a Dominican bullpen that featured a total of 19 2/3 scoreless innings from four other relievers take a bow, Octavio Dotel, Kelvin Herrera, Pedro Strop and Santiago Casilla it wouldn't be surprising if we saw him return as a coach or inspirational figure of some sort in 2017.