Ed Odeven Reporting

650px-Andres_galarraga2002Andrés Galarraga in 2002. PUBLIC DOMAIN

This feature on then-Atlanta Braves first baseman Andrés Galarraga appeared on the Venezuela Online News website in September 2000.

Galarraga’s ‘miraculous’ comeback

By Ed Odeven

Typically, baseball players earn mass appeal and enthusiastic applause for their extraordinary feats on the field, such as tape-measure home runs, flashy fielding plays, a dominating pitcher’s complete-game shutout, etc.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Andrés Galarraga remains a fan favorite because he is more than just another solid ballplayer. He is a fighter, a resilient figure who has proven that you can overcome obstacles in life and in doing so, be an inspiration to people.

Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, Galarraga missed the entire 1999 season while undergoing treatment and the grueling rehabilitation. But Galarraga’s time away from the game did not cause his skills to deteriorate.

Galarraga — El Gato as he is known in Venezuela — has…

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