The lesson of Doug Mientkiewicz

Former Red Sox first baseman still hounded by stories of a World Series baseball

Updated: April 20, 2011, 9:47 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

As he stood next to first base with two outs in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox on the verge of their first World Series title in 86 years, Doug Mientkiewicz began to think. He thought about the first day he put a glove on. He thought about the day he won Olympic gold. And he started to imagine the next dream, the one that was seconds away from coming true.

Little did he know that the moment he had waited his entire career for, the moment Red Sox Nation had dreamed ...

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