Castro’s Delight

Castro’s Delight



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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