Ronald Acua Jr. was enjoying baseball on Thursday night time — and never the Main League variety.
See, Acua has made his level in MLB. He was named MVP of the Nationwide League earlier within the day, and he accepted the award from his native Venezuela, the place he would play a Winter League recreation within the night for his hometown Tiburones de La Guaira.
However Acua is a born showman, so naturally, he needed to hit a house run to increase the Tiburones lead and cap probably the greatest days of his life.
On a 1-2 rely within the backside of the sixth inning, Acua drilled a two-run dwelling run over the fence in proper area — a no-doubt shot that prolonged the Tiburones result in 7-2 over Tigres de Aragua.
Acua, who acquired each first place for NL MVP, has solely additional enhanced his burgeoning legend in Venezuela and will ultimately turn into acknowledged because the nation’s greatest-ever baseball participant. However the 25-year-old made certain to remain true to himself in addition to his roots. The glove he wore within the outfield Thursday night time was inscribed with the title of his eldest son, Ronald Daniel.
A “particular second” for Venezuelan baseball
Acua‘s homer was the icing on the cake of a special occasion for Venezuelan baseball — not simply its Winter League, however for its gamers at dwelling and overseas.
Acua on Thursday turned simply the third Venezuelan ever to be named MVP, becoming a member of Miguel Cabrera (2012) and Jose Altuve (2017) as the one gamers born within the nation to say the award. As Shohei Ohtani claimed MVP honors within the AL, the 2023 season marked the primary time since 1998 that each award winners have been born outdoors the United States — a very thrilling indicator of the place MLB is headed.