Matt Anderson's life after octopus story

Reliever ready to move from legend of how his career was halted and make comeback

Originally Published: January 19, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Before you learn anything about Matt Anderson's hopes, dreams or chances of authoring the comeback of the baseball summer with the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies, it's a good idea to dispense with the octopus story.

In May 2002, when radar guns lit up in his presence and a promising landscape stretched out before him, Anderson took part in a novel pregame promotion in Detroit. The Tigers, putting an interesting slant on a Stanley Cup tradition, held an octopus-throwing contest ...

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