Sunday, January 15, 2012

Profile in Huevos

We're not sure how we missed this (well, we're pretty sure the incessant demands of The Man played a role), but the 2010 Burro Hall Sportsman of the Year, bullfighter Cristian Hernández, is back in the news. Hernández, you may recall, was an up-and-coming young Queretano who, on June 13, 2010, became the first person in the 65-year history of the Mexico City bullring to do this:

Of course, that sort of thing doesn't win a man the MMX BHSOTY.  Instead, we awarded it to him for his startling and courageous honesty in the the aftermath:
"There are some things you must be aware of about yourself.  I didn't have the ability, I didn't have the balls [me faltaron un par de huevos], this is not my thing."
Now comes this outstanding article in last Sunday's Domingo Magazine, detailing Hernández's return to the ring.

Journalist Mario Gutiérrez Vega first fills us in on Hernández's life story, in which he was more or less pushed into bullfighting by his parents.  Twelve years before fleeing the ring in Mexico City, he'd done the same in Querétaro's Plaza Santa Maria - though it's hard to hold it against him because he was 10 years old at the time.  He was gored in Juriquilla in 2009, and again in Querétaro in April 2010.  The last one shattered what was left of his confidence.  He would not return to the ring for two months, in Mexico City on June 13.

Getting dressed that morning, his hands were sweating.  The bulls that day were from a ranch known for their difficulty.  Hernández kept his fear to himself, before it finally overtook him in front of the entire world, turning him into an international punchline.

And that's more or less where we lost track of the story.  He never came by to pick up his trophy, and we assumed he'd gone back to the family business selling carnitas at Mercado de la Cruz.  But apparently, on December 10, he returned to the ring here in Querétaro, with a performance that was generally considered adequate - at least by the "didn't shit is pants and run out of the plaza" standard he managed to set for himself.   And then on New Year's Day, in the same plaza, he was solid enough that the crowd petitioned for an ear, though it wasn't awarded.

Last month, faced with what we believed was an uneventful year in sports, we awarded the 2011 Burro Hall Sportsman of the Year to a dead horse named Revuelo - a move that sparked outraged among the critics in the sporting press and - without airing too much dirty laundry in public - didn't exactly sit very well with our board of directors, either. 

So after careful reconsideration in light of Gutiérrez's article, we have decided to name Cristian Hernández, the 2010 Burro Hall Sportsman of the Year, as 2011 Burro Hall Sportsman of the Year, the first back-to-back recipient since Larry Bird won it in 1983-1984-1985-1986 and 1987.  Muchos saludos, torero!

And of course, if Hernández is for any reason (you know what we're talking about) unable to fulfill his duties, the title will revert back to the new MMXI BHSOTY First Runner-Up, the late, lamented Revuelo.

1 comment:

Mexfiles said...

Maybe Cristian Hernández has finally figured out what Silverio Perez -- el Faron de Texcoco -- said: To be a bullfighter is not to be brave, but to become one with your fear of death." Not an exact quote, but close enough. No bull!