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Why Astros SS Jeremy Peña shows heart sign after hitting homers

The breakout star of the ALDS continues to play like a veteran with one other house run Wednesday in opposition to the Yankees. After the sport, he defined his heart sign.

HOUSTON — The remainder of the world likes to hate the Houston Astros but it surely’s laborious to not like rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña, who continues to shine on and off the sphere. 

Peña doubled twice earlier than his Wednesday evening homer in opposition to the Yankees to ship an insurance coverage run within the 4-2 Game 1 win. He’s already had seven hits this postseason and his three extra-base hits equaled a rookie document for a postseason recreation.

But it is what he mentioned in a postgame interview, that gained hearts and scored bonus factors — particularly with mothers around the globe. When rounding the bases after homers, Peña holds his arms within the form of a heart. The interviewer requested who it is for. 

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“It’s for mom,” the baby-faced 25-year-old replied with a smile. I imply, how will you not love the child?!?

By the best way, mother and pop, Cecilia and Geronimo Peña, received to see their son’s first huge league house run again in April. They had been being interviewed stay when it occurred. 

Peña’s clutch performances have helped the Astros this October as celebrity Jose Altuve has struggled. It was his house run within the high of the 18th that saved Game 1 within the ALDS.

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“It’s everything I’ve dreamed of,” Peña said about his first postseason. “The environment, the fans, the crowd, the preparation that goes into every game. It’s fun.”

Peña has additionally made some spectacular performs at shortstop and was named a Gold Glove finalist on Thursday.

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Jeremy Peña’s background

The Dominican-born shortstop moved to Rhode Island together with his household when he was 9 years previous. 

Growing up, Peña performed a number of sports activities and gained a state championship as a monitor and discipline member of his highschool. His dad, Geronimo Peña, performed six years for the St. Louis Cardinals within the 90s, so it is no shock the his son finally determined to concentrate on baseball. 

In 2015, Peña was drafted within the thirty ninth spherical of the MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves, however he determined to skip signing to go to school, enjoying three seasons on the University of Maine earlier than being drafted within the third spherical by the Astros and signed.

After spending two seasons in Single-A baseball, Peña joined the Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Winter League after COVID-19 canceled the Minor League Baseball season. Peña hit .306 in 30 video games for the Estrellas earlier than being named Rookie of the Year.

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He spent 2021 rehabbing a left wrist harm that wanted surgical procedure earlier than returning to the sphere in August and being promoted to Triple-A Sugar Land on Aug. 28. Peña hit 10 house runs in simply 30 video games with Sugar Land.

On Sept. 21, Peña hit three house runs, together with an inside-the-park house run and a walk-off two-run homer in opposition to Albuquerque. Houston added him to their Taxi Squad earlier than Peña returned to the Dominican league for yet one more season. He would go on to win a second Gold Glove Award at shortstop.

After Correa left Houston in free company to affix the Minnesota Twins, Peña discovered himself on the Astros’ opening-day roster. It would not take him lengthy to make an impression on the majors after he hit his first career home run with his parents in attendance.

Peña completed his rookie season enjoying 136 video games, batting .253 with 22 house runs and 63 RBI. He additionally stole 11 bases on the season and solidified himself within the race for Rookie of the Year.

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