Kiké Hernandez: Mr. October now, Mr. Cupid in high school

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Kiké Hernandez may be Senor Octubre for the Red Sox this postseason. In high school, he was Senor Cupid. Or, perhaps, Senor Amor.

Just ask Michelle Alfaro, superintendent of American Military Academy in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Kiké’s alma mater. She recalled Kiké’s fundraising efforts around Valentine’s Day when his senior class was short on funds for its upcoming senior prom.

What did Kiké do then as a 17-year-old high school senior? Dressed up like Cupid, interviewed girls and took a photo with them -- for a fee. White wings attached to his back. Red ribbon across his body. A pink heart with “Estoy bien bueno” written on it (“I look very well”). And red tights, of course. If he had red socks, that would have been quite the prologue, right?

“I will never forget this,” Alfaro said this week from her school office. “'Kiké you’re going to be our Cupid for Valentine's Day. And we’re going to collect a lot of money because you're going to interview girls.' He was very handsome, and had the baseball body, so you can imagine. And I won't forget the line of girls waiting to be interviewed by Kiké. Just two or three questions, and they pay $25 or $30 for a photo. I don’t remember how much but they raised a lot of money.”

They had the prom that year.

Kike Hernandez
Kiké as Cupid Photo credit American Military Academy

And that’s just how Alfaro remembers the student who attended her school from elementary through high school: Always up for anything. A laugh. Playing guitar in the school hallways. Donning a bathing suit or tuxedo during school fashion shows. Throwing on the Bisons high school mascot costume and rallying fellow students for cheers. Dancing and singing on bus rides to baseball games.

Goofy antics inside the dugouts. Sound familiar?

Nothing these days surprises those who know Kiké Hernandez best: be it the way he plays baseball or the manner in which he conducts himself around the game.