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Angels' Gregorio Petit has persevered and is making the most of his latest opportunity

Angels' Gregorio Petit has persevered and is making the most of his latest opportunity

Derek Jeter played 2,747 games in his major league career. On a Tuesday evening in 2014, he had 35 left to play.

The shortstop for the Houston Astros that night was about to turn 30. Gregorio Petit still was classified as a rookie. He had played professional baseball for 12 years, but only 38 games in the major leagues.

In his first at-bat, he hit a ground-rule double, and Jeter greeted him at second base.

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“Hey, attaboy,” Jeter said.

In his next at-bat, Petit doubled again, down the left-field line. Jeter...

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