PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — World Series MVP Jeremy Peña was honored in Providence Saturday afternoon.

The 25-year-old shortstop for the Houston Astros was named both the ALCS and the World Series most valuable player.

12 News spoke with Peña at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, not far from where he graduated from at Classical High School.

“It says a lot about our community, I felt the support of the whole city -whole state- the whole year,” said Peña. “Growing up in Providence, the city shaped me into the person I am today, so it’s good to be back and see some familiar faces.”

While in Providence, the Classical High School graduate also took time to reflect on what it was like having such incredible success his rookie season.

“Thinking back to where I come from, The Dominican Republic, growing up in Providence and where I am now, on Houston with a World Series Trophy, it’s something you can’t really put into words,” said Peña. “I feel like it still hasn’t sunk in yet…next week I’m gonna have some down time and think back on the season and the special run we had.”

During the 2022 season, Peña became the first rookie hitter in history to win a World Series MVP award, and to top it off, he also earned an American League Gold Glove.