Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 2/22/13
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. His right eye offers darkness, nothing but a black void, a permanent reminder of a horrific February day seven years ago that changed his life forever. His drive offers light, hope in a time of year when it shines its brightest, a lasting motivation to achieve a dream. Early Friday, Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Juan Sandoval stood near his stall at Charlotte Sports Park to extend his chase. Hes blind in his right eye, the result of being shot by three buckshot pellets after a crazed drunken man sprayed a restaurant in Bonao, Dominican Republic, following an incident with security while Sandoval ate dinner with his then-fiancee and now-wife, Elisa Tejada. What followed would have beaten a lesser man. He spent more than a year away from the game to recover. He toiled in the minor leagues as part of three organizations, the Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies. He fought to be noticed over two years in the Mexican League, all with a goal...
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