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Chicago Cubs outfielder Jacque Jones crashes into the ivy-covered wall after making an over-the-shoulder grab on Brendan Ryan's long drive during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, in Chicago. The Cubs won 2-1.

Jacque Jones has heard it all. Boos, catcalls and on Friday the cheers from a powerful ovation at Wrigley Field. Benched earlier this season and nearly traded, Jones made a great catch and hit a two-run homer to lead a 2-1 Cubs’ victory Friday that ended the St. Louis Cardinals’ five-game winning streak and pushed Chicago into first in the NL Central.

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