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Friday, October 20, 2006

Series has local ties

Anyone remember Jason Grilli?

In 1997, he was the San Francisco Giants' No. 1 draft pick. In 1998, he was a Shreveport Captain, poised to be one of the next great arms to come out of the Giants' system.

Now, eight years of near anonymity later, he's Shreveport's connection to the World Series. Pretty impressive for a guy who bounced around soon after being traded from the Giants' chain to the Marlins.

And he's not the only one with ties to the Ark-La-Tex on the Tigers. Craig Monroe, who morphed from Manny Ramirez II in left field during the regular season to a postseason gold glover, is a Texarkana, Texas, native and ALCS MVP Placido Polanco played for the Arkansas Travelers at Fair Grounds Field.

So while most whine about the lopsided nature of the Series, baseball fans are hit with a double-shot of pain -- the one-sided Series and the memories of what once was and what likely never will be again at Fair Grounds Field.


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