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MLB Stars Celebrate Roberto Clemente With Sickest Cleats in MLB

Kiké Hernández and Christian Vázquez lace up the illest cleats to honor one of the best to ever play.

It’s one thing to honor the man, but it’s another to continue to champion his life in a way that will resonate with generations far removed from his heroic acts.

Two players threw on instant classics thanks to the folks at Stadium Custom Kicks

Roberto Clemente Day is a special moment to give dap to a man whose final days were spent ensuring that others had what they needed during the most harrowing of circumstances.

In 1972, a devastating earthquake struck Nicaragua. Not willing to stand back with others in need, the Pittsburgh Pirates star flew to the area on New Year’s Eve and was ultimately lost in a plane crash.

MLB honors his legacy with the Roberto Clemente Award, which is given to those players who exemplify philanthropy.

50 years on, players have found new ways to amplify the man and his legacy. Stadium Custom Kicks, in collaboration with En Fuego Media, have provided singular cleats worn by the Boston Red Sox Kiké Hernández and the Houston Astros’ Christian Vásquez, himself from Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

The day was also not lost on Dermis Garcia, the 24-year-old A’s player from the Dominican Republic, who spoke with En Fuego on Thursday.

“He’s a role model for young Latinos,” he said in Spanish before taking on the Houston Astros. “And it’s a very special day.”

His example is, “something above and beyond.” Garcia continued that Clemente showed that you can “be good to people and the community will overcome.”

Momentum for the best of intentions should be cherished and passed on, especially in ways that resonate with all generations.

These sneakers are amazing, but they also tell a story. And no great story ever dies, it gets shared through the ages, affecting countless who follow.