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Hampton hoping to make triumphant return to mound

Originally Published: March 6, 2008
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It was the night before the first day of the Atlanta Braves' spring-training camp. And as Mike Hampton lay in bed, forcing his eyes to close, his brain kept asking the same question:

Why couldn't he sleep?

It was his 18th spring training. His 18th. So there was a time in this man's life that this would not have felt like the most nerve-racking day (or night) of the year.

But that time wasn't this time. So he fussed, stirred, tossed, turned. ...

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