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Chance of a lifetime

Longtime Angels prospect Brandon Wood finally sees opportunity

Updated: February 25, 2010, 1:05 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Think back to your first day of high school, if you can stomach it.

Now, take that toxic mix of nerves, self-doubt and adrenaline and multiply it by three. That gives you an idea what it's like for a 20-year-old minor-leaguer at his first big league camp.

Brandon Wood was lucky enough to buddy up to an upperclassman with a combination of clout and empathy. He was seated next to veteran outfielder Darin Erstad. When Erstad was with the Angels, few doubted who ran the ...

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