You remember Wily Mo Pena. The slugger played a number of years in the big leagues, splitting his time between the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Seattle Mariners.
Limited, is probably the best word you could use to describe Pena’s overall skill set as a Major League player. But he did always bring some power at the plate, with some downright huge swings to show for it.
In eight career seasons in the big leagues, from 2002-2011, Pena was a career .250/.303/.445 hitter. All told he blasted 84 career home runs. In 2012 he took his talents to Japan, and now he spends his time hitting massive home runs in a different professional setting.
While participating in the 2014 Japanese All-Star Game, Pena got a pitch on the inner half of the plate and absolutely demolished it. In the spirit of good fun and a showcase of talent, Pena took a moment to admire his home run before starting his trot around the bases. Even the opposing pitcher could not help but smile at the whole situation.
Thankfully for fans state-side, this was the kind of round-tripper that made its way to us via this beautiful thing called the internet. Now we can all watch it and appreciate it.
We miss you and your huge swings, Wily Mo. Keep up the good work.
h/t MLB Fan Cave