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Christopher L. Gasper

Clay Buchholz must be willing to pitch hurt

ST. LOUIS — My late, great college professor, the eloquent Jack Falla, used to say, “In life, sometimes you’ve got to play hurt.”

It was more than a quaint maxim or a brush-it-off-kid bromide. It conveyed the truth that often times in life you are asked to perform at your best when you don’t feel your best. Opportunity doesn’t always align with ideal circumstances or optimum health.

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