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Cup isn't perfect, but it'll be what softball needs in post-Games world

Updated: July 28, 2007, 6:39 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A steady stream of young girls, most decked out in softball jerseys, filed down to where Lisa Fernandez sat watching in the stands a few rows behind home plate.

Clad in Finch, Osterman and Mendoza shirts, or the rainbow spectrum of their own youth league colors, the girls patiently waited through each half inning before queuing up for autographs as a police officer tried to keep the steady stream from turning into an unmanageable flood.

Heavy rains may have kept the ...

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