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Austin Meadows, Carlos Pena featured in MLB Network plakata commercial

The current and former Ray came together in a spot advertising MLB Tonight that will air on opening day.
Former Rays first baseman Carlos Pena is featured on a new MLB Network commercial discussing the meaning of his signature term, "plakata," with current Rays outfielder Austin Meadows.
Former Rays first baseman Carlos Pena is featured on a new MLB Network commercial discussing the meaning of his signature term, "plakata," with current Rays outfielder Austin Meadows. [ MLB Network YouTube Screen Grab ]
Published Apr. 1
Updated Apr. 1

Former Rays first baseman and MLB Tonight analyst Carlos Pena put on his news-conference suit for a new MLB Network commercial with Rays outfielder Austin Meadows that is set to air on opening day.

Meadows breaks out a reporter’s notebook and asks Pena about the meaning of the word, plakata.

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“Carlos, for the record, where did your signature term, ‘plakata,’ come from?” Meadows asks.

“Plakata’s just an expression my brothers and I used when we were kids,” Pena, a Gold Glove winner and Silver Slugger recipient, responds. “It means good, solid contact, usually resulting in a home run. So, if you go deep, it means you just went plakata.”

Pena’s son, Nicolas, swings a bat in the video, hitting a high fly ball. As the ball breaks a nearby window, Nicolas yells, “Plakata!” and tosses the bat aside.

Meadows scribbles down Pena’s answer on his notebook. At the end of the commercial, he swings and makes contact with a ball — screaming, “Plakata!” after his follow-through.

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The commercial promotes the insight featured on MLB Tonight, “answering baseball’s toughest questions.”

The defending American League champion Rays take on the Miami Marlins in their season opener Thursday at 4:10 p.m. at LoanDepot Park. Tyler Glasgow will start on the mound for Tampa Bay.

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Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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