An Ode to Baseball

Faced with a career-threatening illness in '08, Rocco Baldelli details a lasting memory

Originally Published: January 26, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

In 2008, Rocco Baldelli was diagnosed with a career-threatening mitochondrial disorder. Midway through the season, when he feared that he might never play baseball again, he logged onto his computer and wrote his reflection upon his time in the game.

Baldelli's condition was later rediagnosed as channelopathy, and he returned to play for the Rays and Red Sox. But he kept his words as a reminder of his love for the game, and shared them with ESPN.com:

Sometimes I did and ...

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