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Will Middlebrooks hit hard by the call against him

ST. LOUIS — It’s the beauty of baseball and the curse. You can watch the game night in and night out for a lifetime, then suddenly see something you have never seen before.

If you were Will Middlebrooks on Saturday night, you came face to face with the curse. Before the eyes of a stunned baseball world, Game 3 of the 2013 World Series ended with Middlebrooks tangled as if he were a broken fence in a car wreck with Cardinals base runner Allen Craig.

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