To thunderous applause Sean Persky put pen to paper and signed the first ever professional contract by a Gate City Grays player. The shortstop will be leaving Pocatello for the Pecos League to play for the Alpine Cowboys out of Texas.
"It was pretty exciting, felt pretty surreal, didn't know what to expect, but it makes the heart skip,” said Persky. “It's something you dream about since playing little league baseball growing up."
A childhood dream come true for a man who thought he would never play baseball again as he walked away from the game to serve his country. But four years later the Gate City Grays gave him a chance to live his dream.
"I'm going to miss playing for the Grays,” says Persky. “I loved every minute, of every inning, of every game this summer. The City of Pocatello is really special with their fan base."
Persky wore the Gate City uniform for one season and he helped the team clinch their second consecutive Pioneer League Championship, and while the organization say its bitter sweet to see him leave this is what they want for their players.
"I'm hoping someday I'm sitting on my couch and I hear 'from the Gate City Grays, Sean,'” said Terry Fredrickson, team owener. “That's my goal. I would love to see him in the bigs someday."
In his lone season in Pocatello Persky had a .356 batting average, 21 hits, and 13 RBIs in 59 at-bats. He says his time with the Grays is what helped earn the contract.
"The Grays have helped me immensely and I will always be thankful for that,” said Persky. “It's pretty special having them as part of my playing career and history."
While the Cowboys aren't affiliated with Major League Baseball Perskey is excited for the opportunity to take on tougher competition at the professional level.
"It's going to be very competitive; I know I'm going to be fighting for a spot, so I'm looking forward to that," says Persky.