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The game finally becomes the main event

Baseball's troubles won't go away anytime soon, but Sunday's season opener allowed for some positive thinking.

Originally Published: April 3, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

NEW YORK -- With every pitch Sunday night, the numerals on the back of Randy Johnson's pinstriped jersey tilted toward his right shoulder, the numbers 4 and 1 on his jersey recoiling from his left-handed effort. He seemed saturated with adrenaline in the first inning, overthrowing against leadoff batter Johnny Damon. But as Johnson quickly found his bearings, so did we all.

Pitch selection became more important than urine tests, the ball-strike counts overwhelmed BALCO, and we got to care ...

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