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Fausto Carmona/Roberto Hernandez gets three birthday cakes from the Indians

Roberto Hernandez

Cleveland Indians’ Roberto Hernandez listens to a question during a news conference on Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Cleveland. For more than 10 years they knew him only as Fausto Carmona. Now the Cleveland Indians are welcoming back Hernandez, his real name, a right-hander who changed his identity to leave the Dominican Republic and pitch in the major leagues. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Let no one say that the Cleveland Indians don’t have a sense of humor.

Roberto Hernandez, who used to be known as Fausto Carmona, returned to the Indians yesterday after spending months in the Dominican Republic trying to get a visa in the wake of his identity fraud beef. And, in welcoming him back, his teammates gave him a birthday party. Never mind that his birthday isn’t for another month:

#Indians players threw Roberto Hernandez a birthday party today- actually 3 of them. His birthday is August 30, 1980…

— Cleveland Indians(@tribeinsider) July 22, 2012

That’s three cakes: One for the 29 year-old Fausto Carmona, another for 30 year-old Fausto Carmona, and one for the 31 year-old Roberto Hernandez.

I lol’d.