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Sports and war vets: a delicate balance

Opening Day in D.C. raises a question: Is it right to approach war as a sporting event?

Originally Published: April 7, 2010
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- The scene at Nationals Park before the Philadelphia Phillies-Washington Nationals opener on Monday was a familiar one for the nation's capital: huge flags stretched out across the outfield, bunting throughout the stadium and President Obama on hand to throw out the first pitch.

Standard stuff, and equally standard was the participation of the many military members who held the flags and lined the red carpet on which Obama walked on his way to the mound.

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