There was very sad news about Pascual Perez today. A troubled right handed starter for numerous teams who had his issues with addictions. His best years were with the Atlanta Braves. He was found dead today in his Dominican Republic home, the victim of a violent home invasion murder. The coronor in Santo Domingo estimates that the attack occured eight hours before Perez was found by his wife at 8:30 Am this morning. Perez was 55 years old.
On the day he got lost trying to find the ball[park, Braves Manager Joe Torre was forced to start Phil Niekro in his stead. Perez arrived in the second inning of he game. He finally pulled over because he was almost out of gas. A gas station attendant recognized him and got him on the right track and to the game. Perez was particularly important to the Braves that season, a year when the Braves beat out the Dodgers by one game for the Division title. He had seven quality starts in the final month and a half of the season playing a key roll in their title drive.
|During the 1984 brawl with San Diego, Padre pitchers threw at Perez on three separate occasions. On this one, Perez used his bat to defend himself. (photo capture: MLB video)|
May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with Pascual's family.