SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CBS Sports) — Storming into town and blasting seven RBI in an August game against the Cardinals, seizing the NL Championship Series MVP award, knocking in the winning run in Game 4 of the World Series, latching on to a three-year, $20 million deal this winter like an English teacher pouncing on a double negative … all that was the easy part for Marco Scutaro.

“A dream,” is what Scutaro says now, on a bustling spring morning as camp winds down and expectations for 2013 wind up. “Pretty much, it was a blessing from above.”

“It’s something that was pretty special. Especially the way we did it.”

Especially the way he did it.

How do you become an October hero in San Francisco?

You persevere when you are waived early in your career. Twice.

You don’t blink when you are traded throughout your career. Four times.

You don’t flinch when you first splash down in the majors and your manager, upon first laying eyes on you, wonders whether you’re a student here in Cincinnati. True story. Great story.

READ MORE of Scutaro’s great story from CBS Sports…

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