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Who ever said Roy Hobbs was an angel?

Rick Ankiel's name has been dragged through the mud … but Roy Hobbs was no saint, either. Story

Updated: September 20, 2007, 11:49 AM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

When former pitcher Rick Ankiel returned to the majors as a home run-slugging outfielder after years in baseball purgatory, people compared him to The Natural. Then when he was linked to HGH, these same people were aghast that they might have undeservedly bestowed the Hobbsian nickname on someone. Similarly, some found it ironic when the Yankees played the theme song to "The Natural" after one of Jason Giambi's recent home runs.

But why do people always hold up The Natural as a paragon ...

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