In juniors, where players often receive meager salaries, Pérez said he hasn’t seen too many players spraying themselves before games. But majors are more about everything from paychecks to notoriety.
“You have to look good,” said Aledmys Díaz, 31-year-old Cuban Astros home player. “This most to show.”
Gurriel said he used a cologne from the Antonio Banderas Collection, the only cologne brand he could find before he left Cuba in 2016. He has more options and money in the United States, so he buys more often. And since he plays first base, he gets visits from opponents throughout the game.
“All the actors always tell me, ‘You always smell good,’” she said with a laugh.
Puerto Rico’s Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor spins between half a dozen scents before games and sometimes mixes them up. He said that if players smell something they like on the pitch, they ask each other what they’re wearing.
While most players are a few dozen feet apart on the court, Suárez said he likes to hear it smell good. Despite being 60 feet 6 inches across from Severino, Pérez said he was able to pick up the aroma of Luis Severino, a Dominican pitcher for Yankees who sometimes uses female body spray.
“I’m a buyer, so I sweat a lot,” Pérez said, pointing to all his gear. “So a little perfume would help. The judges say, ‘Oh Salvy, you smell good.’ I say thank you. Give me some kick.””