Cardinals hope long-shot Gonzalez pays off

Originally Published: February 19, 2008
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

JUPITER, Fla. -- Manager Tony La Russa pointed to a side field in the Cardinals' complex, smiled and said, "One of the great ironies of spring training -- Juan Gonzalez's first official offensive responsibility of the spring: sacrifice bunting. I asked him if he had ever done that. He said, 'Three times. The manager got fired.'"

Gonzalez is not here to bunt. He is in Cardinals camp in hope that he can recapture at least some of the greatness that won him two MVPs, and "terrorized the league,'' ...

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