Former Black Bear embarking on MLB career with Houston Astros
Jeremy Peña’s first home run captured during live TV interview with his parents in the stands
ANAHEIM, Calif. (WABI) - Former Maine shortstop Jeremy Peña’s first major league home run with the Houston Astros wasn’t just an unforgettable experience, but a viral moment.
His parents, Geronimo and Cecilia, were being interviewed on the broadcast when Peña’s solo shot in the 7th inning pulled Houston ahead, 5-2, over the Los Angeles Angels.
Peña found out about the timing of it from Astros Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Justin Verlander in the dugout.
Peña explained what his time in Orono taught him as his big league dream sank in after his big hit.
“If it was a good game, I would ride high. If it was a bad game, I would ride low. What Maine taught me was to stay steady. It’s a game, have fun, play hard, and let everything else take care of itself. It’s not about the status of the school. Go where you’re wanted and where you’re going to play. The only way you’re going to get better is by playing. If you’re good enough, you’re good enough. It doesn’t matter where you go,” said Peña.
Astros manager Dusty Baker let Peña know he had made Houston’s opening day roster a week before the season started.
Houston would go on to win, 13-6.
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