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Aldemys Diaz smells nice, is also good at baseball - A Hunt and Peck

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The storm clouds that brewed all day had turned into a full-fledged melee of precipitation. Aledmys Diaz pulled his blanket up over his head in a futile attempt to drown out the roar of thunder and the piercing snap of lightning. It was late and he was oh-so-very-tired. His team was in the middle of a stretch of seventeen straight games. He groaned out loud as a particularly brilliant bolt of lightening struck somewhere nearby, illuminating the small room with a radiant glow.

"Can't sleep, eh? It happens, kiddo. These summer storms in St. Louis are marvelous, but fierce," a quiet voice called out from the corner of the room.

Diaz instinctively sat up from his bed and reached for his Louisville Slugger he sleeps beside, but halted mid-way when he saw the lanky figure in full Cardinals regalia inspecting a harmonica sitting in a chair in the corner of the room, the darkness of the night obstructing his face.

"This again," he muttered under his breath, "Sir, I do not mean to sound ungrateful, but in the future when you all show up, could you maybe try to give a guy a bit of notice? I don't know how many more of these late-night visits I can take, you know?"

"'More of these visits', you say? Who else has visited you, son?" the figure asked with an amused chuckle.

"2001 Albert Pujols was here a few months ago - sitting in that very chair. Hey where did that chair come fr-"

"Rookie Pujols, huh? Very interesting," the visitor replied, blowing a few notes through the harmonica.

"'Interesting'... I guess you could call it that," Diaz answered, rubbing the back of his neck.

"Well, I suppose you are wondering why I am here," he stated, putting the harmonica in his pocket.

"Yeah, Pujols didn't know why he showed up."

"Rookie... Anyway, I am here, Pujols was here, because you called us here, Aledmys."

"I... called you here?"

"Sure did. With your play. See, whenever a rookie gets off to a fast start, we like to keep an eye on him, see if he has what it takes to... well it is too early for that. We don't like to jump the gun, especially after the Bo Hart Affair a few years back. But, uh, anyway, you are doing real well, kid, real well. We like what we see. We think you have real potential. Plus, you smell nice."

"Well, gee, thanks, Mr. -  I am terribly sorry, but I cannot actually tell who you are," Diaz responded hesitantly, rubbing the back of his neck again.

"Oh,  it is your time now, Aldemys - my name is not important. I am just a man," The Man said meekly, slowly standing from his chair.

Lightning cackled again and The Man was gone, the chair disappearing with him. Diaz rubbed his eyes, staring at the now empty corner of the room.

"Was that... was that just...? Never mind," Diaz said to himself before collapsing back onto his bed.

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