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Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena became the latest MLB player to botch a routine play while conducting an in-game interview with Apple TV+ on Friday night

Pena made a mistake during the broadcast interview(Twitter)

Another high-profile error occurred Friday during MLB’s controversial in-game interviews when Houston shortstop Jeremy Pena misplayed a routine fly ball in the second inning.

Pena was interviewed by Apple TV broadcast crews Wayne Randazzo and Xavier Scruggs as he pushed past second base before the Mets’ Jeff McNeil hit a massive pop-up into the infield. The driving Dominican shortstop then penetrated deep into third baseman Alex Bregman’s position, causing a miscommunication that resulted in both Astros dropping the ball and McNeil reaching first base on a single.




Ronel Blanco immediately picked off his shortstop by intercepting McNeil at first base, and Pena made up for his deflection error in the next inning by hitting a two-out single into left field that gave Houston an early lead. Pena also used his opportunity on national television to praise his center field partner and eight-time All-Star Jose Altuve, saying, “He’s a veteran with the heart of a rookie. That’s special.”

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Another lucky touch from McNeil made the difference, however, as the New York second baseman threw a 2-2 pitch just inches over Citi Field’s short right outfield fence in the sixth inning, securing the Mets’ 7-2 victory. McNeil’s heroics continued a remarkable winning streak for New York, who are now 12-2 in their last 14 games and improved their record above .500 for the first time since May 2.

Pena was the second MLB player this month to make a mistake during an interview on Apple TV, joining Caribbean infielder Kikè Hernandez. The Dodgers third baseman spoke with Randazzo and former MLB pitcher Dontrelle Willis on June 8 against the Yankees, but botched an early ground ball and was unable to make a play.

McNeil hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning((Getty Images)

MLB is the only major American sports league where players participate in these live interviews during the game. Players earn $10,000, or $15,000 in the postseason, and the league’s collective bargaining agreement states that they are allowed to wear a two-way microphone for an entire inning.

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