Quote to note

"Guys get to their level. That part amazes me. Guys have a way of getting to their level. Sometimes they do it in the [strangest] fashion, but they get there. It's like the same thing with a guy that starts off hitting .500 the first two weeks. If he's a .250 hitter, he usually gets to around .250."
-- Francona, on early-season slumps

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