How Troy Percival became the maitre d' of Tampa Bay

Originally Published: March 14, 2008
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In the wild and crazy annals of Free-Agent Contracts You Never Saw Coming, where would you put this one:

A two-year, $8 million deal for a 38-year-old closer who hasn't saved a game in 2½ years.

Who didn't even throw a pitch -- not counting BP to a bunch of 8-year-olds in the Orangecrest Pony League -- for two years.

And whose life had spun so far out there into a whole different orbit, he actually tossed out the ceremonial first ball last Opening ...

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