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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tampa Bay Rays' Fernando Perez notes cultural difference between north and south

  • Update, 10/2/09: Suzyn Waldman on Yankee radio mentions Perez went to Columbia and "he also went to Peddie which is a terrific prep school."
Perez hit a 3 run homerun for the Tampa Rays in Yankee Stadium today. Of local interest, he's a graduate of Columbia University and of the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, a demanding and selective private high school. From Perez' interview in Baseball America, 4/22/08: (Baseball America, Perez): "You can't really succeed if you don't do it. Usually the high school kid who can play a bunch of sports, the parents are telling him, 'Maybe you should give a few of those up so you can maybe make a run at a scholarship.' I don't think it's good. It's really a limited experience.
  • I'm really glad my parents never really pushed me into anything like that. They just made sure I was having fun with it."
"Baseball was really just a thing I liked, but soccer was the really serious sport. In the South, when a great athlete quits sports, (Item at end of article).

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