It looked like a replacement part, nothing more. He ended up hitting a ball over the railroad tracks to deposit it outside the confines of Minute Maid Park.
Nail it in the heart of Texas. Then he dropped the bat, struck his chest several times, and struck with a fist in the air, looking toward the Cave of the Braves.
Three months ago, he was hitting .192 for a team that was fourth in his league. Two weeks ago, he was unable to play due to being infected with COVID-19.
Now, he’s a figurehead at the World Championships and sold the Houston Astros to give the Atlanta Braves their first Fall Classic title since 1995.
Jorge Soler, who five years ago was a supporting actor for the Chicago Cubs who avoided a title drought for more than a century at the World Championships, was voted MVP in Atlanta’s coronation Tuesday after six games against. to the Astros.
“We’ve known for a long time what he can do,” Freddy Freeman said in the interview room with his partner, who was waiting to go up the podium. “Two years ago, he hit 50 home runs. It’s unbelievable what he did in this world championship, after he got sick with COVID in the championship series, he lost 10 days, to come back with everything.”
Soler hit .300 with three Homer’s and six RBIs. But the numbers only tell part of the story.
Every home run was a moment recorded in time. It’s the third that will be repeated over and over again when Soler is introduced in a game, report, or interview, for the rest of his life.
In the 117th edition of the World Championship, he accomplished something never before seen from the start. He pulled off a home run in the first half of the Fall Classic.
After Framber Valdez threw two balls towards him, he found a fast ball at 93.7 mph and sent the ball over the scoreboard into left field.
On Saturday, after Dansby Swanson tied the score at home in the seventh inning, Soler also netted an attack at home from Christian Javier. The ball passed near the gauntlet of Cuban Yordan Alvarez, who hit Troist Park fence on the left field.
It gave the Braves a 3-1 series lead. And Soler saved the best for last.
With the score 0-0 in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game, Atlanta put two racers on board with two wins against Venezuela’s Luis Garcia. Soller filled out the bill.
Soler hit the slider and took the ball out of the way. He did the same with a straight line, sending the ball a little farther.
“I thought, ‘If he throws me a ball slower, I can plug it in and take it out,'” Soler said. “If he throws me a fastball, I’ll try to survive this turn.”
A fast cut ball came at 83.4 mph. The ball rotated to be exactly in the middle of the board, about the height of Soler’s belt, who no longer turned around to see how the ball went into the fairway.
“Immediately after I hit him, I looked into our cave and began to celebrate,” he said.
After splitting from Cuba in 2011, Soler signed with the Cubs for a nine-year, $30 million deal. In September, he was traded in Kansas City for diluted Wade Davis.
In 2019, he led the MLS with 48 home games. After injuries devastated Atlanta Stadium, the Braves took over the Cuban services on July 30.