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.
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.