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A-Rod Is Alone, and He's Probably Lonely, Too

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They're hard to credit or believe, but they're out there: stories of Willie Mays and Duke Snider playing stickball with neighborhood kids, during some long lost era of straitjacketed propriety and starchy Eisenhowerian prosperity. That such stories are more or less impossible to imagine today -- Chase Utley joining some say-hey pickup game in North Philadelphia; Matt Kemp crashing an Echo Park mess-around and crushing some dingers onto the 110 before work -- perhaps says more about today than it does about those stories. Baseball was different when Mays and Snider either did or didn't jump in those neighborhood games; the culture and the place baseball had in that culture were different; lord knows those neighborhoods were different. It was a long time and a great deal of...

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