World Series Game 1: The 2 HRs that made Roberto Perez an unlikely hero

Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez isn't known for his bat.

Perez entered Tuesday night's Game 1 of the World Series with three home runs on the season. He'd never, even in his minor-league career, had a multi-home run effort. Naturally, that all changed in his first World Series appearance.

Not only did Perez hit a solo dinger off Cubs' starter Jon Lester, he later added a three-run shot off reliever Hector Rondon to ice the game. Here's a look at both swings:

Again, Perez isn't known for his bat. On the season, he'd hit .183/.285/.294. Sure, he'd performed better in previous seasons, yet his career slugging percentage heretofore sat at .355.

But that's the beauty of baseball -- especially playoff baseball, where random, no-frills ballplayers can become heroes, if only for an October night.

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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