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Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Phillies ace Roy Halladay had an offseason anaconda adventure

Have I got a story for you... (Matt Slocum - AP)
As spring training gets underway this week, baseball’s pitchers and catchers are playing catch up after winter vacation.

And while Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has the story to trump all stories from his widely-publicized kidnapping and eventual rescue in Venezuela, he’s not the only ball player who had an eventful offseason.

On Tuesday, Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay told the story of how he helped rescue a fisherman who had been attacked by an anaconda in a Brazil river. Halladay was on a fishing trip with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, former Toronto Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan and Bassmaster Elite Series fisher Skeet Reese, who first told the story back in early January.

It began as all good winter break stories tend to...

“We had been fishing all day, we were on a boat driving back, and we happened to see a guy sitting on a shoreline without clothes....”

Here’s the rest of the story, straight from the pitcher’s mouth:

More from spring training:

Boswell: Reporting day, baseball’s most relaxed day

Bryce Harper says he will keep his mouth shut and play

Nationals are showing up early at spring training

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