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Netherlands' prayers answered

Dominican Republic bounced from WBC by surprising Dutch

Updated: March 11, 2009, 11:00 AM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Late in the game, after each successive inning in which the impossible really did happen, Netherlands first baseman Randall Simon paced around the area near his position and pleaded with his dead mother for a miracle. Simon's team had fought the powerful Dominican Republic team to a draw in Tuesday's elimination game, making it the night of the improbable, so who was to say she would not listen?

"If you're here with me," Simon said to her, "talk to the Lord, because ...

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