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Why is this man smiling?

Matt Antonelli

The first thing you can't help but notice about the Beavers' second baseman is his smile. It just always seems to be there, stretched across his friendly face. During batting practice, waiting out a rain delay, or even answering questions he's probably been asked a hundred times, it never seems to fade. So why is Matt Antonelli always smiling?

Could it be because it's taken him less than two seasons to make it from Single-A up to Triple-A? Or perhaps it's because baseball might only be his third best sport? In 2003, Antonelli was the Massachusetts Player of the Year in both football and hockey, but only the runner-up in baseball. Is it due to a stellar college career at Wake Forest – where he batted .333 in 219 at bats – after...

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