“There is a game of baseball that is not to be found in the schedules or the record books. It has no season, but it is best played in the winter, without the distraction of box scores and standings. This is the inner game, baseball in the mind, and there is no real fan who does not know it.

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In recent days there has been a lot of controversy about Twitter. People buying followers? No! A “dark side” of social media? Say it ain’t so! Well, my conscious is clear. I’ve never bought a follower in my life. Full disclosure: I did buy one of my followers lunch this week, but that was not a contractual agreement, just two friends eating and laughing.

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