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A journey of rediscovery

For anyone who has ever had a dream and lost it, you should be rooting for the Reds' Josh Hamilton. Story

Updated: April 20, 2007, 12:45 PM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

What baseball does better than any other sport is take us back to our childhoods. I'm not sure why, really, just that when I sniff the inside of a mitt, I immediately return to my days as a zero-tool (think Junior Ortiz without arms) little league catcher. It's a nostalgia thing. Life then might not have been better than life now, but it was significantly more carefree.

Of late, the man who has been doing it for me -- who has been reinvigorating my inner boy -- is Cincinnati Reds outfielder ...

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