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Cubs' Bryan LaHair shedding labels

Hard-hitting minor league veteran tries swapping "Four-A" for Opening Day

Updated: March 3, 2012, 6:42 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

MESA, Ariz. -- Lots of major league players have time-honored traditions and checklists to dispense with as they prepare for spring training each year. Maybe they take the wife out for Valentine's Day dinner, or make sure to pack their lucky socks or bring the lawn mower in for servicing in anticipation of picking it up in April. It always pays to think ahead.

Before Bryan LaHair leaves for camp, he makes sure to speak by phone with his good friend Mike Morse. The two ballplayers ...

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