On Sept. 18 of last year, a 20-year-old, 175-pound pitcher from Venezuela balanced a Bud Selig-autographed baseball in his right hand for the first time and changed the course of an entire season. One unknown kid with two pitches and no track record stormed the party and overturned every table in the place. Overstatement? Hardly. The Francisco Rodriguez revelation begat the Anaheim Angels revolution, which served as further testament to the enduring wisdom of an old sage named Joaquin Andujar: You never know.
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