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Shin-Soo Choo went to boot camp

Updated: February 29, 2012, 7:26 PM ET
Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Shin-Soo Choo found inner peace in a most unexpected place.

While taking basic training during the offseason with the South Korean military, the Indians outfielder was required to go on 16-mile hikes while carrying 55 pounds of weight in his backpack. It was during these physically grueling exercises where the 29-year-old finally healed the pain of a troubling year.

As his heart raced, his mind wandered.

He was cleansed.

"It was a heavy bag, but ...

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