Early Feel-Good Stories of the 2013 MLB Season

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Early Feel-Good Stories of the 2013 MLB Season
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Far too often, feel-good stories in baseball are limited to those players who overcome adversity.

Whether it be Josh Hamilton's daily battle with substance abuse or Buster Posey's MVP-winning season only a year after suffering a horrific leg injury, tales such as theirs are typically the norm for the genre.

Make no mistake about it, their tales fit the definition of a feel-good story, and those stories should be told and celebrated. Trying to diminish what they have accomplished, both on and off of the field, is not something I'm trying to do.

But there's more to a feel-good story than jumping over hurdles.

Sometimes, a simple act of kindness is all it takes to make us smile—to remind us that when you take away the bats, gloves, uniforms and multi-million dollar salaries, baseball players are people, just like you and me.

In a day-and-age when the nightly news is full of death, despair and the absolute worst that the human race has to offer, these stories reaffirm our faith in humanity—in the human spirit.

These are the stories that draw people who aren't fans of America's pastime to the game we love.

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