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When Fernando Tatis' game struggled, he kept his head down and his mouth shut

Jaramillo and Oates point out that other, older men, when placed in Tatis' situation, might have pouted as they sat on the bench. They express amazement that Tatis kept his mouth shut and his head in the game; to them, that's almost as important as his batting average, his willingness to get better, and his determination not to let a month's worth of setback ruin an entire career.

"I believe in myself," Tatis says, his cracked but not broken English full of optimism and not a little defiance. "Every time I go to the plate, I know I can do my job. And that's what I'm gonna do.

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