For Baldelli, it's been one step up, two steps back

Originally Published: July 18, 2008
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- In some respects, it is just another night at Tropicana Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays are going through their normal batting practice paces under the watchful eye of manager Joe Maddon. With his funky horn-rimmed glasses and his decidedly erudite air, Maddon looks like an engineer on-site at a construction project. Come to think of it, perhaps that's true.

In front of the home dugout, Dick Vitale -- ubiquitous as ever and no stranger to hyperbole -- is gushing about ...

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