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To play 'pro' ball, they went to Nicaragua

Updated: February 13, 2007, 12:42 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN The Magazine

MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Three hours before game time the white cast-iron gates to Dennis Martinez Stadium are open to the public. So eager are the people to see their favorite game that they will sit in the hot Managua sun hours before first pitch. Waiting.

This January night is Game 1 of the Nicaraguan Winter Baseball League championship series and the fans' patience should be no surprise, since it took 37 years for professional baseball to return to a country where soccer and basketball lag ...

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