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Toy soldiers unite!

With Sugar Plum Fairies dancing in her head, Page 2's Alysse Minkoff takes to the stage with Tony La Russa and Co. for the 18th annual All-Star Nutcracker.

Updated: January 14, 2004, 8:30 AM ET
By Alysse Minkoff | Special to Page 2

Act One OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right around this time every year, the story of "The Nutcracker" usually begins this way: Not too long ago and in a land not far .... (OK, it was Oakland.) It was a wintry Christmas Eve ... . (Actually, it was Dec. 19, last Friday.)

So this isn't your usual Nutcracker.

In this one, a hapless, helpless group of sports and media celebrities join the Oakland Ballet to perform in the "2003 All-Star Nutcracker."

Among our Dancing Sugar Plums, every one a Vision:

Barry ...

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