I believe in Orlando Hernandez.
I believe in his smile, his style, his kick, his skip, and his passion.
I believe in him regardless of his uniform.
I believe he should have worn only those of the Industriales and Team Cuba.
I believe he has the sharpest tactical-pitching mind in the world.
I believe he throws 119 different pitches.
I believe he is 26 years old.
I believe he has magic in his right hand.
I believe only Cubans truly understand him.
I believe he is still Fidel Castro’s favorite pitcher.
George Steinbrenner’s, too.
I believe he should end up in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
I believe that, someday, I will meet the great El Duque in Havana’s Parque Central for coffee, cigars and a game of dominos before walking to Estadio Lationamericano to watch him take the mound for the Industriales.
I believe that is the way it should be.