Castro’s Delight

Castro’s Delight

{03.10.09}

 

top of the 8th

2 out and a man on 1st

Yosbany Peraza, a 30 year old catcher

steps to the plate

a pinch hitter

 

after a swinging strike

on old Uncle Charlie, making

the count 2-1

Peraza launches the next pitch

well into the left field bleachers

 

a swell of Cuban cheers light up

the Mexico City night

and urge all 262 pounds

of Peraza the Cuban Beetle

around the bases

 

a fluttering neon bulb

of a memory of Cecil Fielder

skitters across my mind

 

and I utter, “what a beautiful moment.”

as Peraza is greeted in the dugout

to Castro’s delight

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