In case you hadn’t heard, Juan Soto is barely 21 years old. The Washington Nationals slugger’s birthday was Friday, which was also the same day as Game 3 of the World Series, meaning Soto was celebrating his team’s run through the postseason with sparkling grape juice.
Well, after the Nationals won their first World Series championship in franchise history in Game 7 on Wednesday night, Soto — who hit .333 and had three home runs and seven RBI in the World Series alone — finally celebrated with the good stuff in the clubhouse.
“He had his first beer tonight, which is kind of nice,” Washington manager Davey Martinez said in his postgame press conference, via ASAP Sports. “But you look at a 21-year-old kid that’s just out there having fun like he’s playing stick ball in the backyard. That’s who he is. He loves the moments. He loves going up there and picking up his teammates.”
And when the Nationals retreated to the clubhouse to get wild and celebrate the championship — they beat the Astros, 6-2, in an incredible comeback game — they made sure Soto got to enjoy the moment with as many adult beverages as possible.
At one point, the team was chanting, “21! 21! 21!” while pouring beer all over the the young superstar’s head.
Soto’s age was a huge storyline throughout the postseason. He tied MLB’s record with 18 postseason hits by someone 21 or younger and became the youngest player to hit three home runs in one World Series.
“I’m thankful to be celebrating this with my first beer with these guys,” Soto said, via MLB.com. “This is incredible.”
Now, whether or not that’s technically true is up for debate because the legal drinking age in the Dominican Republic is 18, but that’s also not the point here. Soto finally got to join in with his teammates — several are in their mid-30s — for the best (belated 21st birthday present ever.
He also shared a wonderfully emotional postgame moment with his family.