Furcal goes 'from nowhere to the playoffs'

Originally Published: October 7, 2008
By Eric Neel | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- He was the best player on the team. He carried them. He had more hits and scored more runs than anyone else in the National League. He was in the top five in batting average and on-base percentage. He was in the top 10 in OPS. He looked like an MVP. He seemed to make everyone else around him better. He lifted the mood in the clubhouse and was an inspiration on the field. For five weeks he was all that stood between the Dodgers and disappointment.

He was not Manny ...

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