Midnight Baseball

Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack," baseball fans sing during the seventh-inning stretch. "I don't care if I never get back." As the song goes on, several thousand of them immediately demonstrate that they did not mean those words by streaming for the exits--even if the outcome is in doubt.

"They're looking up at the scoreboard clock, and it's quarter to 11, 11 o'clock, 11:15, and these people have to get home and get up and go to work the next day," says Frank Robinson. To the Hall of Famer, the exodus is more than a misadventure; it's a job.


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