Jeremy Peña celebrates after hitting a home run for the Astros Houston vs. the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of the World Series.
Everything Jeremy Peña does seems to come out of the It came more naturally.
How to make it look routine to have hit a home run in the World Series and to be instrumental in bringing the Houston Astros within shooting range of a second championship of the franchise.
The successor of Carlos Correaat shortstop for the Astros, he continues to respond in the biggest of scenarios.
Exuding the class and poise of a seasoned veteran, the 25-year-old Dominican rounded out his career. a full performance on Thursday night. he became He became the first rookie shortstop to homer in the World Series, adding a pair of singles and making a terrific catch in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5.
“Rookie or no rookie, it doesn't matter,” Peña said. “We are in the World Series. You go out to play, you go out to compete and may the best man win”.
After receiving the awards for the Most Valuable Player of the series for the title of The American League and the Gold Glove in the last two weeks, Peña caresses the most precious laurel: the World Series trophy.
Up 3-2 against the Phillies, it's hard to believe now that the Astros entered the season uncertain of how to replace Correa.
“I never got it. that I had to fill someone's shoes,” Peña said. “I just had to go out and play and do my thing. But when the season is over, once we've achieved our goal, which is to go all the way, I'll sit back. and I will reflect for everything I've lived”.
“There is still a lot of work ahead and we have to stay focused”, he added.
With his radiant smile, Peña has more than shown that he is not he is scared of nothing. and it is on all of them.
he hit an RBI single up the middle of the diamond to put the Astros ahead in the first inning and then stretched out. to crimp Nick Castellanos' line, aborting a Phillies threat.
In the room, Peña disappeared her. with no one in circulation. The hit of her fell & oacute; into the left field stands for a 2-1 lead and knock Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard off the mound.
Peña pointed to He flicked his right index finger as he approached second base and clapped his hands together. as he followed his path to the plate Then, crossing on third, it shrank. shoulders—like Michael Jordan did— and created He created a heart shape using both of his hands.
Manager Dusty Baker and the Astros love him so much for a reason.
“Jeremy has been one of our horses,” said catcher Martín Maldonado. “Puts in the spark plug and the energy”.
Peña also that he knows how to execute the fundamentals, contributing a single in a hit-and-run play that drove in & oacute; a third race in the eighth to make the definitive difference.
The night of three hits left Peña with 8 hits in 21 at-bats (.381) including a pair of doubles and a home run in the World Series.
preceded by his 7 hits in 16 at-bats (.353) with two home runs and two doubles in sweeping the New York Yankees in four games in the American League championship series.
The Astros saw a talent especially when Peña hit batting .253 and hitting 22 home runs during the regular season.
“ to camp as a rookie. His eyes were wide open” Baker. “He always lent attention. You could tell that he was attentive and confident, but quiet. And boy is he playing super well. He has carried us through this postseason. That's especially hard for a precocious ballplayer, a precocious shortstop. Simply happy to have it”.