MLB Player X: The grind of March 

March, 9, 2010
03/09/10
12:46
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This story appears in the March 22 issue of ESPN The Magazine

I remember going to spring training as a kid. I was so fired up to see my idols. Until the middle of the fifth inning, that is, when they all ran off. I don't mean they ran off the field to get ready to bat. They literally left the park. Disappeared. I was, like, what the ... ?

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