On Wednesday evening, the New York Mets used their 19th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft to select Harvard-Westlake High School centerfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, whose family is no stranger to the grand stage and the spotlight.
Crow-Armstrong’s mom is actress Ashley Crow, who starred in the iconic baseball movie “Little Big League.” Crow played Jenny, the mother of 12-year-old Billy Heywood, who inherits ownership of the Minnesota Twins and eventually becomes manager of the team following the death of his grandfather.
Fun fact: Pete Crow-Armstrong’s mother, Ashley Crow, was the mom in Little Big League. pic.twitter.com/hBpYegILeq
— SNY (@SNYtv) June 11, 2020
“I started hearing about the whole Jenny Heywood thing from other people besides my family when I was around 12,” said Crow-Armstrong in his introductory conference call, via SNY. “I think at school people thought that was a neat little fact. I love the movie. I think I’d love it if my mom wasn’t in it. But she was obviously also great in it. I’m a big fan of the movie.”
Besides the fan favorite baseball flick, Crow had appearances in 2002 film “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise, and NBC show “Heroes.” Additionally, Crow-Armstrong’s father, John Armstrong, is an actor, where he had roles in television shows such as “House,” “American Horror Story,” and “The Young and the Restless.”
This is mind blowing!
This guy is Billy Heywood all grown up! pic.twitter.com/kant1TAnmU
— Baseball Movie Quotes (@BaseballMovieQ) June 11, 2020
New York’s selection of Crow-Armstrong was heavily praised, as many draft experts called him the best defensive outfielder in the entire draft class. In his senior season, Crow-Armstrong posted a .514 batting average and only one strikeout in 42 at-bats.
Once Crow-Armstrong’s career begins, he’ll be more than ready for the New York spotlight, believe that.