July 6, 2022



Astros’ Jeremy Peña hits first home run as parents are interviewed

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Sometimes, baseball is almost too poetic. It would have been hard to replicate a better scenario than Astros rookie Jeremy Peña experienced in the second big league game of his career when he played a big part in the Astros’ 13-6 win over the Angels on Friday night in Anaheim.

As his parents Cecilia and former big leaguer Geronimo Peña were being interviewed on Apple TV+ in the seventh inning, the Astros shortstop delivered his first home run in the majors.

Geronimo was trying to sincerely answer Heidi Watney’s question in the stands when his son turned on a ball from Mike Mayers. The next sounds you heard were the high-pitched screams from Cecilia as her son rocketed a ball 423 feet to left field.

A more composed Geronimo says, “He took him deep.”

Later, Geronimo added simply and sweetly, “Happy, happy, happy.”

“You don’t plan that,” Peña told reporters after the game. “When they told me they got that on camera, it was pretty awesome.”

Peña’s home run ignited an eight-run inning, which brought him to the plate a second time when he very nearly went deep again, instead settling for a double off the left-field wall.

The 24-year-old Peña, who got his first hit in the second inning of Friday’s game, ended up going 3-for-5 in the win. Peña is off to a 3-for-9 start as he attempts to fill the shoes of Carlos Correa, who left the Astros for the Twins in free agency.

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The Astros hit six home runs in the win, including two by Kyle Tucker. Jose Altuve, Aledmys Diaz and Alex Bregman also homered.

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