Local 7-year-old Hernandez honored with Junior Giants Willie Mac Award during ceremony at AT&T Park
SAN FRANCISCO — Local 7-year-old Cruz Hernandez spent a dream day at the ballpark while being honored with the Junior Giants Willie Mac Award. Hernandez was celebrated along with 20-plus other honorees on the field at AT&T Park prior to the San Francisco Giants’ game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, July 27.
“The game and award ceremony were such an amazing experience for the whole family,” Hernandez’s mother Jackie Hernandez said. “Cruz had the time of his life.”
Cruz Hernandez was joined for the festivities by his mother, father Bruce Hernandez, sister Allana, grandpa Bruce, grandma Carla, grandma Shirley, uncle Dale, aunt Karrie and adopted grandma Joyce — herself a big Giants fan. With glove in hand and Giants hat on, the first thing Hernandez did as he stepped on the diamond was put a handful of dirt into his pocket to bring back to South Lake Tahoe.
“His love for the game has grown that much more, and stepping on that field you could see it on his face,” Jackie Hernandez said.
Cruz Hernandez was celebrated alongside youth baseball players from across California for winning the award modeled after the annual one picked for a Giants’ player by his teammates named for Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. The Junior Giants version is presented to players and coaches who best exemplify the organization’s Four Bases of Character Development: confidence, integrity, leadership and teamwork.
The award winners were accompanied on the field by McCovey, then watched as the Giants fell to the Reds 2-1. Hernandez will return to AT&T Park in October to receive the award during the Giants’ end-of-the-season luncheon.
For more information about the Junior Giants program, visit sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/gcf.
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