Found June 12, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. Long before Matthew Stafford became a star quarterback for the Detroit Lions and Austin Jackson a standout center fielder for the Tigers, they met on the sandlot. Stafford, who grew up in Highland Park, Texas, will never forget the fear that Jackson, from Denton, Texas, put in other teams when they faced each other a couple years before high school. He was a freak, Stafford said. He put a couple third basemen in the hospital. He was a dead pull-hitter just like he is now. He was such a threat to bunt; he was just so fast. People would play in on him and hed rip it down third with a metal bat. We made our guy play on the outfield grass at third base and just give him the bunt. Stafford, 24, has shared those memories of their youth with Jackson, 25, since the two became pro athletes in the same city. He says he remembers me from the baseball diamond, Stafford said. I highly doubt that. Stafford hasnt forgotten, nor will he. I think I got him out once or twice...
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