Pierre, Figgins maintain a strong bond

Close friends off the field, Juan Pierre and Chone Figgins also are close on the field as catalysts for their respective teams.

Updated: March 14, 2006, 5:19 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

MESA, Ariz. -- In the low minors, where you practically have to pay to play baseball, aspiring big-leaguers derive sustenance from the four basic food groups: In-N-Out Burger, Wendy's, McDonald's and Burger King.

From the moment Juan Pierre broke into the Colorado Rockies' system as a 14th-round draft pick out of the University of South Alabama, he established his own culinary tradition. Pierre would buy a jumbo pack of wieners and a gallon of fruit punch and make it last for a week. Every ...

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