Wednesday, May 5, 2010
2009 Lancaster Barnstormers Jason Perry
Who is this? Lancaster Barnstormers' outfielder Jason Perry
What is this? An autographed card from last year's Lancaster Barnstormers' team set
Where'd I get it? Perry signed it between games of a doubleheader between the Barnstormers and Newark Bears last week.
How much did it cost? I don't remember how much the team set cost last year, but I think it was under $10.
Why is this so special? I didn't realize it until I just looked up his career stats, but Perry is a former major leaguer. He appeared in four games for the 2008 Atlanta Braves. Sure, it's not much -- but it's good enough for a line in the Baseball Encyclopedia. (Do they even still print it in book form?)
Perry was the sixth-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002; he was traded to Oakland for one-time Yankees prospect and current Newark Bears outfielder John-Ford Griffin in 2003. He was traded to the Detroit organization in 2007 and signed with the Braves as a free agent in 2008.
Perry made his big league debut on July 4th in a game the Braves won 6-2 against the Astros at Turner Field. Perry started in right field and batted eighth. His first time up, Perry hit a two-out triple against Astros' starter Brian Moehler, driving in Brian McCann to extend Atlanta's lead to 2-0.
Perry played in 9 games for the Lancaster Barnstormers last year, and spent the rest of the season in the Tampa Bay organization. In 2010, he's back with Lancaster to start the year.
Perry has a legible signature -- unusual for an active player -- though he did skip a few letters in his last name.