Starting 9: Overcoming long odds

Updated: April 21, 2009, 1:33 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The first week of the 2009 Major League Baseball season brought unspeakable sadness. In a span of five days, Nick Adenhart, Harry Kalas and Mark Fidrych all passed, leaving legions of fans to remember and mourn. If there's a silver lining, it's the capacity of the baseball community to pull together in unison and lend its support. As trite as that might sound, it's true.

Beyond the headlines and heartfelt tributes, the game has been replete with personal triumphs and feel-good stories this ...

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