BY MARIKA LYNCH
New York Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez and Noris Bosch --
rough waters after setting off in a boat together from Cuba in 1997 -- tied the knot
Monday, Valentine's Day.
The wife-to-be of ``El Duque walked down the aisle in a tiara.
Both smiled giddily and kissed coyly when it came time. Later
at a Coral Gables
reception the couple were feted by friends -- including baseball players like Rey
Ordoñez of the New York Mets and recent Cuban defector Danys Baez of the
Cleveland Indians -- and serenaded by popular Cuban exile singer Willy Chirino.
``I'm very happy. Noris has been at my side through good and bad.
We love each
other, and we wanted to share our lives, Hernandez said, squeezing the
satin-gloved arm of his bride.
The baseball star and the dance teacher fell in love at first
sight on a street in
Havana, he said. They came to the United States through the Bahamas less than
three years ago -- following in the footsteps of Hernandez's half-brother Livan, who
once played for the Florida Marlins and is now with the San Francisco Giants.
Friends and family from the couple's two worlds -- their lives
in Cuba and the
United States -- shared the small, private ceremony for about 100 people at St.
Catherine of Siena Church.
Bosch marched down the aisle on the arm of Hernandez's financial
Awaiting at the altar with Hernandez was Osmani Lorenzo -- who
came in the
boat with the couple.
During the ceremony, Livan Hernandez also prayed next to them,
mother draped the couple in a double, pearl rosary. The pitcher's daughters by
another marriage, Yahmara, 9, and Stehffi, 4, sat in the front row with rose
garlands in their hair.
``Now I have two sons, and a daughter, said a beaming Maria Julia
Orlando's mom. ``It's special, too, that this is the day set aside for love.
The wood-paneled church was decorated simply, with two light-pink
bouquets on the altar. Afterward, the couple sped to Coral Gables' Omni
Colonnade Hotel in a white Rolls-Royce.
At the reception, couples hugged the ballroom's upstairs balcony,
cocktails and snacking on smoked salmon with caviar on toast and rolled
prosciutto. Later the crowd of friends, family and fellow baseball players retired
downstairs to a dinner of New York steak. Each table was adorned in ivory. The
fountain overflowed with ferns.
As for the honeymoon . . .
What honeymoon? Hernandez said.
``I leave the day after tomorrow for spring training in Tampa,
Noris in tow, ``of course, he added.
Copyright 2000 Miami Herald