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The heart of Jeff Reardon's darkness

Originally Published: September 1, 2006
By William Weinbaum | ESPN

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Tens of thousands of people on South Florida's Gold Coast, accustomed to hurricane season, closed their shutters Tuesday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ernesto.

Jeff Reardon of Palm Beach Gardens was among them.

Reardon, though, was used to closing the shutters against more than just a tempest outside.

Over the last 2½ years, the former All-Star closer has spent hour upon hour alone in darkness in his bedroom, reclining in a lounge ...

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