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When September comes

The tragedy of 10 years ago still inspires Eric Junge's major league dreams

Updated: September 19, 2011, 4:20 PM ET
By Tom Friend | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in the Sept. 19 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

THE MOUNTAIN WIND turned the rain sideways just before the first pitch, which meant it was pouring straight from the mound to home plate. Summer in Salt Lake was dragging into late July, and the 34-year-old with the baseball had hoped for a dry day, a full house and a couple of scouts from Anaheim. Instead, he looked up and saw 100 distracted fans in the stands searching for cover. He bit his lip hard. This ...

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