Mark Hamburger relies on buddy system

Friend helped keep new Ranger motivated during journey from open tryout to majors

Updated: August 30, 2011, 9:09 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It took some coaxing, but Mark Hamburger was able to convince his buddy, Justin Hemauer, to go with him to an open tryout for the Minnesota Twins in June 2007.

So they hopped into Hemauer's 2003 red Mustang and nearly didn't arrive on time.

"I remember getting stuck in traffic," Hemauer said. "He wants to go to this tryout and see if he can make it and we're going to be late. But we got there and I remember he was the first in line for pitchers and the first to ...

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