By Doug Gorman
Former Jonesboro baseball star Jason Perry had plenty to celebrate on July 4.
After all, nothing goes better on Independence Day than baseball, and for Perry, that date will always hold something special, as he made his Major League debut with the Atlanta Braves.
For Perry, it came after spending six years in the minors with four different teams.
Perry, who played baseball at Georgia Tech, began the year in the Oakland Athletics organization, but was released back in March.
Atlanta then signed the right fielder to a minor league contract, and he divided his time with Mississippi and Richmond.
Friday afternoon, Perry, who was hitting .302 in Richmond with five home runs, was called up to Atlanta when the Braves sent Jeff Francoeur down to Mississippi.
Francoeur has sinced been called back up for Monday's game at Los Angeles.
In the first bat of his Major League career, he ripped a triple.
In three games with the Braves, Perry is hitting .143.
Perry is one of three players from the Southern Crescent now in the Major Leagues.
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Davies is 3-1 with the Kansas City Royals.
Davies started the season with Omaha, recording 19 strike outs and 17 walks in seven games.
Davies, who graduated from Stockbridge High School, began his career with the Atlanta Braves before getting traded last year, has a 4.71 ERA.
Matt Mutton, who was a teammate with Perry at Georgia Tech, is batting .250 with six RBIs in 19 games with the Cubs.
Murton began the year with the Cubs' triple-A affiliate in Iowa where he hit .298 with 15 RBIs.
He played high school baseball at Eagle's Landing.
Two players with Southern Crescent roots are making their way through the minor leagues, and both are Henry County graduates.
Jason Heyward is the leading hitter for Rome, the Atlanta Braves Class-A team.
Heyward was a first-round selection of the Braves last year. He's currently hitting .338 with 41 RBIs and eight home runs in 78 games.
Left-handed pitcher Michael Rozier, the son of Henry County football coach Mike Rozier, has battled through some injuries and is on a rehab assignment with the Boston Red Sox's rookie team.
Rozier, who turned 23 on Friday, is 1-1 in five games with 14 strikeouts.