BREAKING NEWS: Wily Mo Pena Is Finally Back In The Big Leagues
You heard me, former Red Sox superstar Wily Mo Pena made his long awaited return to Major League Baseball last night. He has been dominating AAA for two years now, posting a .363/.439/.726 slash line with 21 homers in 63 games in 2011, and now, with the Diamondbacks set to play a few series in American League parks and in need of the DH, Wily Mo gets the call. Never one to disappoint, Big Mo went 1-4 with 2 K’s and of course, one dinger. I didn’t see the game and have yet to see the high light, but one can only imagine that the sucker traveled at least 450 feet, and likely went even further. When Wily Mo swings he leaves nothing to doubt, if he makes contact that ball is going to fly.
For those who don’t remember, or those or merely choose to forget, Pena was traded to the Red Sox during the spring of 2006 from the Reds in exchange for international recording superstar Bronson Arroyo. That year he played in 84 games and was arguably one of the best fourth outfielders in the game. He filled in admirably as JD Drew, Coco Crisp, and Trot Nixon all missed time with injuries that year. He posted a career best .301/.349/.489 slash line along with 11 bombs and looked to finally be living up to the enormous potential that he carried.
His success in 2006, however, did not carry over to the next year. In 73 games Pena batted only .218 and was ultimately traded to the Nationals in a three team deal with the Diamondbacks that ultimately landed the Sox Chris Carter. Pena belted 8 home runs and batted .293 for the rest of the season, but again, was unable to continue his success. After struggling in 2008, the Nationals designated Pena for assignment in 2009. Pena refused to assignment, and was granted his outright release. And that was the last the we heard of Wily Mo, until tonight.
I consider being a fan of Wily Mo one of my guilty pleasures in life. I don’t know what it is, but I really want to see him succeed. I seem to have a soft spot in my heart for humongous men who swing as hard as they can no matter what the situation. You got to respect a guy who knows who he is and doesn’t change it for anyone. Good luck Wily, I’m rooting for you. You never know when the next Carlos Penawill come around.