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tle. On Sundays, the Sea Dogs let kids under age 16 run the bases after games. Given the number of families in attendance, it’s tantamount to inviting half the ballpark to file onto the well-manicured field. Hundreds of kids make the circuit around first and to home — where just minutes before the professionals were playing — at top speed. Pure. Joy. And, oh, yeah, Portland starting pitcher Isaac Coffey struck out nine, and catcher Nathan Hickey hit a two-run homer in the victory.

It’s always one, two, three strikes, you’re out, at the old ball game, but the minor leagues offer a particularly charming version of the timeless game.

Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.

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