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Baseball dreams don’t come easy

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I was dreaming again. My old portable radio sits on the middle of my dining room table, just as it did so many years ago. I’m in my usual straight-backed chair, nervous, leaning forward, elbows planted, staring straight at the radio as if I expect something dreadful to happen. It’s early evening but already dark. My wife is in the next room stitching on her latest quilt. I hear familiar, scratchy sounds, ads for Bob Feil Boats & Motors and Hooked On Toys, then the voice:

“Hello everybody, this is Dave Niehaus dropping in for tonight’s game between your Seattle Mariners and the American League West champion Oakland Athletics. After 162 games of the regular season, after a thrilling one-game victory over the wild card Los Angeles Angels, a split of the first four divisional series games with the mighty A’s, it comes down to tonight. One game to decide who will take on the Baltimore Orioles for the American League championship.”

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