Cody Ross built his towering triumphs on a bedrock of perseverance.
Such is the case with many success stories. But Ross cleared numerous obstacles while striving to establish himself as a professional ballplayer, which is arduous enough under the best of circumstances.
Ross, 30, will forever be associated with his feats that helped the Giants surge through the 2010 postseason. The challenges that San Francisco's right fielder faced before the World Series triumph remain less obvious.