Once upon a time, before there was gray in his goatee, righthander Clint Zavaras was a top prospect for the Seattle Mariners. He made his major league debut in 1989 against Nolan Ryan, which was unfortunate. The Express fired a one-hitter, handing Zavaras the first of his six career losses. By 1994, with one win to his credit, he was done.
Zavaras, 37, now runs a baseball school with 23 batting cages in a suburb of Denver. Yet here he is on a late-November morning, standing nervously in a Fort Lauderdale dugout, about to try to pitch his way into the Olympics. "I have no idea what's going to happen when I go out there," he says. "I don't know whether I'll throw a ball or a strike. I don't know if I'll hit seven batters."
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