Found August 29, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
PLAYERS: Evan Gattis
TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
Gattis during his janitorial days. His story started with a bang, literally, homering off the Phillie’s Roy Halladay in his first major league at-bat. Talk about a dream come true, crushing a Doc Halladay pitch over the outfield wall in your first at-bat. Whoa. The homerun ball was caught by a young man wearing a Texas A&M shirt. The irony was not lost on Evan Gattis. From a drug addicted college drop-out (No wait, that’s not right, he can’t drop out if he never showed up to A&M to fulfill his part of a baseball scholarship can he?) to a cook, janitor, ski-lift operator and God knows what else in between, Gattis has lived a lifetime in 26 years. When the rookie steps to the plate at Turner Field in Atlanta, chants of “El Oso Blanco” echo through the stadium. He earned the nickname, which translates to “The White Bear”, while obliterating baseballs in the Mexican winter league. Sometimes, if you look hard enough, you can find bear-shaped hats sprinkled throughout the stands. ...
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