Lower Ninth Ward
Intersection of Roman and Reynes
New Orleans, La.
July 30, 2007
Dear Family and Friends,
Ray Chang’s professional baseball journey started in stop-light towns like
He isn’t quite two full seasons into his professional career, but the undrafted, a-scout-found-me-at-an open-tryout-shortstop, finds himself playing for the Portland Beavers, one call away from becoming a San Diego Padre.
Recently, he played in
Storm surges sometimes topped 20 feet in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.
Several foundations on this block idle in the
“That was mindblowing,” he says.
He went 3-4 the night before, but he’ll never remember
The Lower Ninth Ward is nothing like he ever imagined, he says.
“I’m glad I came.”We talked about the lack of residents in the neighborhoods closest to the Florida Avenue Canal breach, and the flow of outsiders driving around in taxis stopping in intersections and snapping photos.
After all, Ray and I are them minus the taxi.
The resident who watched Chang play must have been confused. Baseball? On an empty foundation?
This time at least, the gawker wasn't a visitor.