The late Roberto Clemente was represented by his wife, Vera, and sons Roberto Jr., Luis and Roberto Enrique.
Also recognized during the ceremony were the late Martín Dihigo, José Mendéz and Cristóbal Torriente, Latino Hall of Famers who played in the Negro Leagues.
Each player received a hearty ovation from the sold-out crowd that enthusiastically packed Marlins Park well ahead of first pitch. The loudest cheer went to Rodriguez, who, as a former Marlin, a soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee, current resident of Miami and star of the Marlins’ 2003 World Series championship team, is clearly still beloved in South Florida.
When the Clemente family was introduced, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton brought a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Clemente.
After the Hall of Fame players were introduced, they threw ceremonial pitches to current Latin-American All-Stars who hail from the same countries: Salvador Perez (Venezuela), Yonder Alonso (Cuba), Francisco Lindor (Puerto Rico), Nelson Cruz (Dominican Republic), Carlos Correa (Puerto Rico), Marcell Ozuna (Dominican Republic), Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Yadier Molina (Puerto Rico).
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The moving pregame ceremony began with the traditional introductions of both All-Star teams, including the managers, coaches, reserves and starters. Each manager and starting position player was accompanied to their place along the baselines by MLB All-Star Youth Ambassadors, representing different Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The group included: Djavan Pandielle, Alexa Munguia, Gabriel Orta, Jose Gonzalez, Jason Gunter, Tiffany Betancourt, Amaya Marrero, Justin McMullen, Joshua McMullen, Paul Gordon, Destiny Theodore, Alejandro Peralta, Andrew King, Chassidy Chaviano, Jonathan Rodriguez, Lanarria Jean, Melvin Dorest Jr. and Phaedra Toney.
The colors were presented by the Joint Services Color Guard from the United States Southern command in Doral, Fla. Members of the Southern Command and their families, along with representatives of the Folds of Honor program held the flag in the outfield during the national anthem.
The U.S. national anthem was performed by singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha, who recently wrapped up her first U.S. and European headline tour and released “All Your Fault: Pt. 1” earlier this year.
The Canadian anthem was performed by Disruptor Records platinum recording artist and singer/songwriter Jocelyn Alice. A Calgary, AB, native, Alice rose to fame with her 2015 breakout summer hit “Jackpot.” The hot single topped radio and sales charts, eventually being certified platinum in Canada.