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January 27, 2010



Fantastic account once again Dan! Now just play through the pain and gut it out.... it's in your blood now! You'll belt out a game winning RBI tomorrow. ...Focus....


Aha- NOW you know what Fantasy Camp is really like- if Jody Davis didn't say it on Monday like he usually does, he was remiss. Remember how you felt Monday morning, even with a hangover, because that was the best you were gonna feel the rest of the week. It only gets worse from here. How's that for encouragement?

The guys who catch are unreal. Last two years, the catcher on my team was a guy named Bruce Allendorfer. Nice guy, but he rarely smiled or said a word. He caught every inning of every game. Turns out he does a White Sox camp the week before and catches there, too. If you think you ache now, imagine catching, even for an inning. I did it just warming up guys the first day last year before I rolled myankle, and it was hell. Your quads, hammies, thumbs, forearms, all look dark blue. Maybe kinda like you're feeling now. All the more reason to admire Hundley.

Dan E

Don - All the more reason to admire ANY ballplayer who can play day in, day out for an entire season, to say nothing of an entire career. Because I'm sure the aches and pains I'm feeling right now are minor compared to what your average starting infielder deals with.

At one point yesterday, I asked Dernier, "Bobby, how the hell did you guys DO it?" He just laughed and said, "One day at a time."

Anthony DP

Great stuff, Dan,

Bob MacKay

"Wheels" -- love it! Now, get it engraved on the neck of your axe in glitter or, rhinestone down your strap. Guitar, that is...

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    Dan Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, both published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. He writes about baseball, music and other cultural obsessions for a variety of outlets and publications. He lives in Greensboro, NC, and is available for speaking engagements.