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UConn Grad Greg Nappo Fondly Recalls Time Spent With Jose Fernandez

UConn Grad Greg Nappo Fondly Recalls Time Spent With Jose Fernandez

Greg Nappo was 23, a UConn grad, an 18th-round draft pick working his way up through professional baseball, a process still continuing.

Jose Fernandez was just 19 in that summer of 2012, a first-round pick rocketing through the Marlins farm system.

They were teammates with Greensboro, N.C., and both liked to get to the ballpark early.

"One day," Nappo said, "we went out to the field in Greensboro and we were just messing around and we were hitting balls off a tee. I had never seen him hit before. He sets the ball on a tee, like 15 feet behind home plate, and he says, 'I betcha I can hit it over the center field wall.' It was just me and him out there and I...

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