(JTA) — Most of the news surrounding Houston Astros slugger Alex Bregman on Oct. 29 focused on his “bat carry” — how he ostentatiously carried his bat down to first base while watching his first inning home run sail over the left field fence before dropping it. He apologized for the move after the game.
But the Jewish third baseman’s blast was historic, too: It was his fifth in a World Series, setting the all-time record for most World Series home runs by a third baseman.
It was his third homer of this year’s Series, which also made him the youngest American League player to hit three in a Fall Classic since Mickey Mantle in 1956.
The accolades keep piling up for Bregman, who had a monster year, hitting .296 with 41 home runs and 112 RBI.
Bregman could not carry his team to another World Series title – The Washington Nationals won the seventh and deciding game 6-2 on Oct. 30.