Sport: Play Ball!

For 95 years, the opening of the major league baseball season has been as much an American rite of spring as viewing the cherry blossoms in Washington. To sentimentalists, the first crack of bat against ball is a sweet sound heard across the nation. To every President since William Howard Taft, opening day has also meant a chance to toss out the first ball and make a hit with the fans. But this year's scheduled opening came and went last week with no hits, no runs, no President,* and one called strike.

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