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25 September 2009

Greatest American Hero

And the winner is: Sal Fasano. My boy Jeff Pearlman wrote about the Phillies greatest mustachioed catcher in history (about whom he also did a piece in 2006). His is a story that keeps getting more compelling by the chapter.
Two years ago, just when Fasano was thinking of finally retiring, his wife, Kerri, gave birth to the couple's third child, a boy named Santo. He was born with hypoplastic heart syndrome, a condition in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped. "It was devastating, of course," Sal says. "Your son is helpless, and there's not that much you can do."
There was one thing Sal could do -- find a way to remain in the major leagues...

I shan't spoil where things go from there. You can read it here.

*Photo by Rego


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