Whenever I get to 20 or so cards in my COMC account Ill request a shipment. While knowing I have cards out in a warehouse somewhere is cool and all, I’d much rather have them in hand. Study them. Love them. Talk about them.
I’d rather not pay the outrageous shipping prices charged by COMC…but I wanted my cards. As per usual, Carl Crawford was the main focus. I picked up a new Bowman Originals. Hand auto’ed…Hand #ed. I also picked up a few Fernando Perez “Rookie” cards. Yes, they’re all 3 the same card…but, who cares? If you like a player…why stop at just 1?
Fernando Perez is cool, okay? Homeboy went to Columbia University. Yes, that Columbia.
Columbia has produced 2 other big league-ers.
He is also as fast as lightning. Carl Crawford-fast. Joey Gathright-fast, okay? He is a great lead-off hitter, and if he were in any other system…you’d probably know more about him.
Fernando was an American Studies major, with a focus on creative writing, and is huge fan of Herman Hesse. Yes, Herman Hesse. Many have commented on his wit as much as they have his talent. 2 years into his pro career he just decided to start batting from the left side of the plate. He wanted his bunts to “be more dangerous”. You have to envy a guy who wants to be a switch hitter…so, he just becomes one. He was the Rays minor league player of the year after hitting .288 and swiping 40+ bases at AAA. He was called up last year, and didn’t disappoint. In his first 60 at bats…he hit .250, and hit 3 homeruns. He impressed Joe Maddon and won a postseason roster spot. When he walked to the plate in last years ALDS, he was the first Columbia-product since the aforementioned Gene Larkin to take a post-season at bat. This year was slated to be a breakout year for Perez. However, with such a talented outfield…it was more like an audition for other teams rather than my beloved Rays. Sadly, Mr Perez was injured during Spring Training. He may not see action until August.
If you’re not convinced that Fernando Perez is “the man”…check out this clip from one of his games at Durham.
Now, tell me that this wasn’t a great mailday.
For a great story on Fernando Perez, check out this one from NYTIMES.