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How Rocky Road ice cream explains Orioles phenom Joey Rickard's worldview

How Rocky Road ice cream explains Orioles phenom Joey Rickard's worldview

Before Joey Rickard became one of the most beloved players on baseball’s most unexpected success story, he was just that neighborhood kid who raids your fridge and unrepentantly eats your favorite food.

Let’s go back to August 2011. Rickard is at Arizona for his junior season. He’s heading to the home of Wildcats coach Andy Lopez with the skipper’s two sons, David and Michael, and some other players.

After a hot summer day spent in the pool, they head inside. David and Michael tell Rickard to help himself to what’s in the refrigerator.

What Rickard sees is a carton of Rocky Road ice cream. What Rickard does not know is that Coach Lopez...

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