SPORT: The Only Game in Town

If it's baseball pure and simple, fans can find it in Pittsfield, Peoria or Rancho Cucamonga

The rain arrived in a rush, sweeping out of the hills and across the wooden outfield fence at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, obscuring the sign that proudly proclaims the Berkshire Medical Center the OFFICIAL HOSPITAL OF THE PITTSFIELD METS. The grounds crew, so to speak, sprang into action. There was nothing big league about it. The soot-gray tarp, patched in several places, did not cooperate with the motley squad of Mets employees in baggy shorts who gamely attempted to pin it to the ground like frenzied wrestlers.

The tarp won. Infield red clay turned to instant ooze. Game called. Ten...

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