Originally Published: April 3, 2000
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine

In his mind, all he needed was some steady at-bats. A 4-AB game here and there. Maybe the odd week with 15 or 20. But no way was he going to start driving the ball again if all he got was one chance against Dennis Eckersley on Tuesday and another against Rick Aguilera on Saturday. He had no choice in those late-game, pinch-hitting situations but to "feel for the ball," to try just to put it in play and hope he could roll one through in the infield for a single.

"I've become such an ugly hitter, ...

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