Phillies' Erik Kratz Looks to Make Most of Opportunity

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Phillies' Erik Kratz Looks to Make Most of Opportunity
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After the best season of his career, he was in demand and happily answered questions during a banquet stop at a hotel and casino in Bethlehem, Pa., late last month. These are the best of times for Erik Kratz, a blue-collar worker from the town of Telford on the Bucks-Montgomery County line who refused to let years of rejection deter his pursuit of a big-league dream.

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