Columbia grad, New Jersey native, recent Rays call-up and Walkoff Walk favorite Fernando Perez penned an essay for Poetry Magazine, and that is all you need to know. I'll step aside and let Fernando throw the eloquence and imagery at you so hard it'll make your human condition spin:
In earning my stripes as a professional baseball player I've been through many cities and have stared out of hotel windows all over the Americas. Ball players are mercenaries, taking assignments indiscriminately.
Throughout the minor leagues you'll find yourself slouched on a bus, watching small towns roll by matter-of-factly like stock market tickers, on your back in a new nondescript room, or "shopping for images" (Allen Ginsberg) in a Wal-Mart, hunched over a cart in no rush.
A pro ball player who can track down warning track fly balls AND quote Allen Ginsberg? Color me smitten. Fernando, let this be an open invitation to add to your resume by submitting a guest piece at Walkoff Walk. Curtis Granderson might smack more tater tots than you but in the blogosphere, he's the Dan Brown to your Cormac McCarthy. Read more.