Joel Peralta is old (by baseball standards) and his teammates are letting him know
As the senior member of the Rays bullpen, Joel Peralta is seen as a mentor and leader in the clubhouse. And as of his 37th birthday Saturday, he is also seen as being over the hill.
The veteran reliever entered the clubhouse this morning and found an elaborate "birthday" display at his locker, prepared by his teammates and the clubhouse staff. Most of the signage warned passers-by to beware that they were entering an "old zone."
Among Peralta's presents were an inflatable walker and cane which had an inscription that read "tease me about my age, I'll beat you with my cane." He loudly proclaimed that he would happily follow through on the threat if tested.
-- Jonathan Gantt / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent