Nicknamed “El Toro” by his fans, Fernando Valenzuela ignited a fire that spread from LA to New York — and beyond. He vaulted himself onto the prime-time stage and proved with his signature look to the heavens and killer screwball that the American dream was not reserved for those born on U.S. soil.
In this layered look at the myth and the man, director Cruz Angeles and producer James Lawler recall the euphoria around Fernando’s arrival and probe a phenomenon that transcended baseball for many Mexican-Americans. Fernando Valenzuela himself opens up to share his perspective on this very special time. Even 20 years later, “Fernandomania” lives.