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Byrdak's flight from retail to relief

Once out of MLB and on graveyard shift at Target, lefty now indispensable to Mets

Updated: May 24, 2012, 5:33 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PITTSBURGH -- New York Mets left-hander Tim Byrdak dressed as a Hulk Hogan lookalike one day this spring training, complete with bleached handlebar mustache, blond receding-hairline wig, do-rag and pro-wrestler tights.

His proudest achievement, though, in keeping a clubhouse mood light occurred two years earlier with the Houston Astros. Byrdak parked teammate Bud Norris' four-door 1996 Acura on the warning track in center field for batting practice at Minute Maid Park, placed a bull's-eye ...

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