There haven't been a whole lot of bright spots for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016. But Odubel Herrera's story of going from the Rule 5 Draft to the MLB All-Star game is certainly one of them.
And by all accounts Odubel is relishing his All-Star Game experience so far.
CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury was at Odubel's media availability on Monday and wrote about the jovial atmosphere. It included appearances by Odubel's parents and the origins of his "El Torito" nickname.
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Herrera looked over at his dad, also named Odubel.
“El Toro,” he said with a big laugh.
Of course, as Phillies fans know full well by now, Herrera’s nickname is El Torito, The Little Bull.
His father gave him that nickname when he was a young boy.
“When he was a little kid he was very thick and well built, a little chubby, so I gave him the name El Torito,” Odubel Sr. said of his son.
Others are having fun with Odubel at the All-Star Game as well. He's caught the eye of the Batting Stance Guy who is known for doing spot on impressions of major leaguers with a unique approach at the plate.