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Baseball able to give everyone a much-needed pastime

Updated: April 3, 2003, 1:56 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

CINCINNATI -- As the camouflaged jeep rumbled by, 9-year-old Jimmy Anderson didn't know what to do.

All morning long he had screamed and waved as marching bands, Clydesdales and cheerleaders crawled past him along the parade route. But this time, with the imposing green jeep with black U.S. ARMY letters staring at him, the youngster froze.

"It's OK," his father Earl said, nudging his son's shoulder with the side of his leg. "You can cheer."

"Are you sure?" Jimmy asked.

"Absolutely," ...

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