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Paul DeJong almost quit baseball. On Monday he signed a historic contract - A Hunt and Peck

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Life comes at you fast...

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On Monday morning news broke that the Cardinals and Paul DeJong agreed to a six-year, $26 million contract extension. It is the largest contract ever issued to a player with less than a year of service time. Our own John Fleming broke down the contract in a post Tuesday morning.

Naturally, the baseball world was pretty pumped - we finally had something to talk about!

His teammates were very happy for the young infielder.

Of course, the Cardinals and DeJong were pretty enthusiastic as well...

Perhaps the most interesting angle of this story, though, is the fact that it almost never happened. A lot had to go right for Paul DeJong for him to get to this point, not just on the baseball field, but in his life.

Luckily for the Cardinals organization, DeJong stuck it out with baseball. And if that does not work out, I suppose he could always give that doctor thing a shot.

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