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From Zebulon and Back: The New Dontrelle Willis

Published by on May 26, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Originally published 5/19/09 at www.jelletlambie.wordpress.com

Dontrelle Willis needed this.

He needed to step onto that mound at Comerica Park and feel the evening sun shine upon him, the clouds in retreat, the swirling winds at bay. He needed to kick his right leg high into the air and bring his left arm across his body in perfect plane as the baseball left his fingertips with a sizzle. He needed this, and so did we.

Once upon a time Dontrelle Wayne Willis was an eighth round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs. He was a lanky, 6′4″ left hander baby-faced and fresh out of Encinal high school in Alameda, California. He had just completed a 12-1 senior season in which he posted an 0.82 ERA and...

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