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Don Mattingly's desperate plea

The Dodgers' manager is hoping his public shaming of his club will pay off

Updated: May 28, 2013, 9:26 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The words came tumbling out of the manager's mouth nearly a week ago. By now, it's possible you might have many of them memorized.

"Grit" would be one. "Fight" would be another. Then there's the money quote from Mr. Donald A. Mattingly, on his Los Angeles Dodgers of Chavez Ravine:

"It's not just putting an all-star team out there and the all-star team wins," he orated, as America hung on every syllable.

Now it isn't exactly true that we've heard those ...

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