Malec's dreams become a reality

Stricken with testicular cancer earlier this year, Chris Malec fought through it and is now a proud member of the Yankees' organization.

Originally Published: June 14, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider

Chris Malec, the 499th choice in last week's Major League Baseball draft, is a born competitor with the ability to mash from both sides of the plate. Some scouts who watched him play at the University of Cal-Santa Barbara compare him as a hitter with Chicago Cubs infielder Todd Walker.

But as Malec prepares to begin his professional career as a second baseman in the New York Yankees' chain, he looks to an athlete beyond the ballpark as his role model.

"Lance Armstrong is my inspiration ...

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