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Baseball, always my valentine

Jim Caple has a valentine ode to baseball for filling his life with endless joy and stubborn, continual hope. Story

Updated: February 15, 2007, 6:01 AM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

Because this is Feb. 14, I present a valentine to my first, deepest and most lasting love …

Baseball, you had me at "Play ball.''

I loved you from that first day my father played catch with me and I held you in my hand for the initial time -- and vice-versa.

Perhaps I rushed into things, for we went to bed at an early age when I would sneak a radio under the blankets to listen through the static to distant Giants broadcasts. I was probably too young and too immature for ...

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