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Saturday, September 01, 2018

The long road to success for the National League’s hottest hitter

LOS ANGELES – David Peralta could have gone home and hardly anyone would have blamed him. Hardly anyone would have noticed. Maybe he’d become a trainer or a coach or work with his dad. He was young enough to go back to school, start over, forget this love affair with baseball. It clearly didn’t love him back, having dumped him once and threatening again. Always threatening.

Not a single morning, he said, did he wake up and wonder if this was all a waste of time. Not when he was in Harlingen, Texas, or McAllen, Texas. Not when he was in Gary, Indiana, or Sioux City, Iowa. Not in Grand Prairie or any of the towns where they dressed up a ballpark best they could and played baseball wherever the bus stopped, on the fringes of the fringes of the game where the chain-link ran wild.

No, if this was Tuesday, and he’d be reasonably sure it was a Tuesday, then it must be Amarillo, a fact confirmed by the address on the bed stand phone, and all he’d ask from God or whomever would listen was not should he stay or go, but about what more he could do. Besides, even if his spirit would have waned, and he swore it did not, what could he have said to his father and mother, who believed in him so, and to his girlfriend, who would become his wife and encouraged him so, how could he have confessed to them that he was beaten? Released by the St. Louis Cardinals, finished as a pitcher, toiling for three summers in the independent leagues as an outfielder, taking fast food jobs on the side, reporting for extra batting practice, then more batting practice, and his question was not what else. It was what more.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 12:05 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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