As he says it himself, “he was born with a ball in his hand,” which means that baseball has been a part of his life since he was very little.
For the first nine years of his life, he was raised in the Dominican Republic.
His family, however, relocated to Rhode Island, and since the language barrier prevented him from making friends, he used baseball as an escape.
“Jeremy Peña moved to the US with his family as a 9-year-old. During the transition Peña found comfort in his family and baseball,” La Vida Baseball tweeted, with a video interview in which he details the situation.
Jeremy Peña moved to the US with his family as a 9-year-old. During the transition Peña found comfort in his family and baseball. pic.twitter.com/cyjyAMzMA1
— La Vida Baseball (@LaVidaBaseball) November 4, 2022
Baseball Has Been A Constant In Pena’s Life
He went to the University of Maine, where he played baseball.
He then became the Astros’ third-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and made his MLB debut in 2022.
With 22 home runs, 11 stolen bases and phenomenal defense, he was one of the league’s most impressive rookies.
For his defensive efforts, he won the Gold Glove at shortstop as a rookie.
He was also the AL Championship Series MVP for his performance against the New York Yankees.
Last night, in Game 5 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, he became the first rookie shortstop to hit a home run in a Fall Classic.
Baseball has been everything for Pena: it has been comfort, it has meant a way to build relationships, it has allowed to earn glory, and it is letting him make a living of it.
He was always surrounded by his family, but you could say that baseball saved him in more than one way.