Two days after suffering a massive stroke, former Dominican baseball player Pedro Guerrero awoke and spoke to his family and friends, his wife confirmed to ESPN and, incidentally, confused the president of the Dominican Republic.
“Leonel Fernandez,” Guerrero said Wednesday when one of the doctors at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York, asked who the president is. After the doctor told him he was talking about the president of the United States, Guerrero replied, “Trump. Donald Trump is the president.”
Lawyer and writer Leonel Fernandez was president of the Dominican Republic between 1996 and 2000 and then from 2004 to 2012. In 2012 he was replaced by his party partner, Danilo Medina, who currently completes a second term that will end in 2020.
Guerrero, a former Los Angeles Dodgers slugger and St. Louis Cardinals, was hospitalized late Monday after suffering a massive stroke near his home in the Queens area. His wife, Roxanna Guerrero, told ESPN Digital that he was initially taken to the Jamaica Center Hospital for being the closest one, but was then transferred to Lenox Hill, where he operated two years ago to put a bypass in his brain.
Roxanna Guerrero explained that initially, doctors informed her that she had to sign a document to disconnect her husband and declare him dead, but that he refused until he had more information and to communicate with the doctor who operated on him in February 2015.
“It is a miracle that Pedro is alive, completely conscious and speaking clearly two days after a doctor basically declared him brain dead. This is a miracle of God,” said Roxanna Guerrero from the hospital.
Guerrero, 60, was a five-time All-Star National League with the Dodgers and Cardinals in a 15-year career that ran from 1978 to 1992. The powerful right fielder batted .300 with 215 homers and 898 RBIs.
In 1981 Guerrero shared the World Series MVP award with catchers Mike Scioscia and Steve Yeager in the Los Angeles classic winning the New York Yankees. On four occasions (1982, 83, 85 and 89), Guerrero finished among the top five players with the most votes for the National League Most Valuable Player award.
The ex-player left the coma around 7:00 am on Wednesday, spoke to his family and even received a couple of calls from friends, including one from former President Fernandez.
“Pedro could not say much because he had just been given a painkiller for the headache, but he listened to everything the former president said and nodded,” his wife said.
“When he said that the president was Leonel Fernandez, I knew he was fine,” said Roxanna Guerrero, “and that is what Pedro always says when he is spoken to by the president of the Dominican Republic.