Stuck in a slump

In his fifth season, Justin Upton, 25, is learning to be a franchise player

Originally Published: September 20, 2012
By Robert Sanchez | ESPN The Magazine

ON A CHARBROILED May morning in Tempe, Ariz., at a nondescript strip mall among a sea of them, Justin Upton exits his ride, puts his black-and-white Dolce & Gabbana sneakers on the asphalt and walks across the parking lot toward a cellphone store. Up ahead, the Diamondbacks outfielder can see folks standing behind a maze of black ropes, in a loose line that snakes along the left side of the building. They are here to get his autograph.

It's a younger crowd, or at ...

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