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Today in Central Florida sports history: Rays 1B Carlos Pena goes where no player has gone before

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena was known for his slugging prowess and Gold Glove defense during much of his 14-year Major League Baseball career — and for regularly hitting the catwalk at Tropicana Field.

Pena became the first player to hit a ball into the “A” ring, the highest catwalk at Tropicana Field, when the Rays first baseman launched a 190-foot pop fly during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins.

The pop-up was caught off the rebound by relief pitcher Jose Mijares, who rolled onto his stomach to maintain the catch after keenly tracking the elusive fly ball.