Washington Nationals' Juan Soto, 20, makes World Series history with homer, three RBI

USA Today Sports 2 weeks ago

The precocious hero in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series cannot legally buy a beer yet

Juan Soto hasn't sprayed champagne — it's been sparkling grape juice  — during this postseason run, which has the Washington Nationals leading the World Series 1-0 over the Houston Astros following a 5-4 victory Tuesday

That could change if the Nationals can win three more games — Soto turns 21 on Friday. His age and upcoming milestone birthday hasn't stopped him from reaching the record books already, though. 

By homering off Gerrit Cole in the fourth inning, Soto became one of four players age-21 or younger to go deep in a Fall Classic contest. The company he joined is impressive: Mickey Mantle homered off the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 6 and Game 7 days before his 21st birthday; in 2003, Miguel Cabrera took the Yankees' Roger Clemens deep in Game 4; and Andruw Jones was still a teenager when he went deep for the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the 1996 series against New York. 

Soto scorched a two-run double off Cole the next inning and joined Jones on a different list by becoming the third player under 21 to have three RBI in a World Series game; Joe Garagiola did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. 

Soto's blast wasn't the only historic long ball off Cole, either. Ryan Zimmerman, who put Washington on the board with a solo shot in the second, became the first player whose last name begins with "Z" to homer in the World Series. 


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