It's one of the funniest and most appropriate images of camp: Brewers pitchers Freddy Peralta and Ray Black air high fived, social distance style when the Brewers opened Summer Camp. It's all an adjustment.
Peralta is a fun-loving, energetic guy, even in this new normal.
"I like to be talking with the guys, with my teammates, like doing something. Something fun, to keep the energy high you know. Yeah, I hadn't seen him [since] Spring Training! And you know, we've been together all the time. And it's hard to just like, do something, do that fake, like a fake high five and it's crazy man," said Peralta. "It's crazy. It's hard for me, and I know for some guys too."
It seems like a lifetime ago, but late in February, Peralta agreed to a 5-year contract extension guaranteed to be worth more than $15 million, and potentially worth up to $30 million. As a young player full of potential, he was criticized for taking the deal. Now, it's different with the pandemic.
"For me, I took the right decision," Peralta says. "And that's what I want, for me and for my family. And look now. We are trying to play with all this crazy stuff that is happening."
Peralta says he still hasn't been told if he'll start or come out of the bullpen this year, but there's no doubt his future is bright.