Jeremy Peña signs Green Monster, a Fenway tradition

By on May 17, 2022 0

BOSTON — Jeremy Peña delayed a dream for almost a year. Other rookies on the Astros’ playoff taxi squad took part in an age-old ritual ahead of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The group explored the green monster of Fenway Park and signed their names inside.

“I thought to myself that I was going to sign him when I was at the current club, when I was actually playing here,” Peña said on Monday. “So I waited a year.”

Peña fulfilled that childhood dream on Monday. Another may have to wait a little longer. Peña signed the Green Monster before Houston opened a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, but missed a fourth straight game with persistent knee pain.

Peña found a place to sign as Babe Ruth – though everyone doubted it was an authentic signing for the game’s greatest player.

“Playing Fenway, being a New England kid is a dream come true,” Peña said. “This area has so much history. Now to be at the opposite club is amazing. I can not wait.

Peña said he was available on the bench and manager Dusty Baker dismissed any thought of a move to the injured list. Peña went through a battery of tests before the game, including running the bases at full speed and lining up balls on the ground.

The decision to wait another day dampened an otherwise exciting homecoming for Peña, who attended high school an hour away in Rhode Island.

Peña assumed that over 75 people would attend the series. A group of around 20 people descended on the third base dugout ahead of Monday’s game, all wearing homemade orange t-shirts with their jersey number on the back and their nickname – “La Tormenta – on the front.

Peña’s parents, Geronimo and Carmen Cecilia, are also in town. They hooked up with Baker at the hotel before the game.

“Mom put a little pressure on me,” Baker said. “She asked if Jeremy was going to play today because there are 1,000 people coming from Rhode Island. I’m going to try to get him in the game.