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Pitcher finds good use for Mariners' bats

Originally Published: August 3, 2011
By Jim Caple | Page 2

Seattle Mariners reliever Chris Ray reached into the storage area above his locker, pulled out a bat, removed it from a thin plastic wrapping and handed it to me. I placed my nose to the barrel, and instantly my nostrils filled with the deliciously familiar aroma of freshly brewed hops. As the great philosopher Homer Simpson would say, Mmmmm ... beer.

I wish the Internet were capable of transmitting smells, because baseball bats probably haven't smelled quite like this since Babe ...

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