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  • I had never heard of Finnish Baseball before Jari's story, and now I'm fascinated. I can't wait to one day witness the Finnish game, and know the reasons behind the differences between Finnish and American Baseball.

    When I think of baseball and why I love it, I also think of grandparents. To me, baseball is indelibly linked to my Grandfathers. I can't possibly count how many games I've seen sitting next to them. So many memories flood back the minute I step foot in the ballpark. The smells are intoxicating - I might not eat hot dogs anymore (being mystery meat and such) but the smell of them and nachos is connected to so many fond memories.

    I remember being a little kid and traveling down to Florida for spring training with my dad's dad, meeting baseball players, getting autographs and even catching a foul ball.

    I remember being at a game with my mom's dad when it started raining, and waiting for 2 hours for the game to start back up. When it did, there were so few people left that it felt like we had the whole stadium to ourselves - we picked any seats we wanted and loved every minute of it.

    I remember 2008, being at World Series Game #4 with my dad's dad, quite possibly the most incredible baseball experience of my life. 46,000 people all joined together for one purpose, screaming their heads off to support their team. The Phillies won that game 10-2, and would go on to win the World Series that year. The first Philadelphia sports championship in my lifetime.

    The memories are too many to count. The rush of emotion is always there. For those who don't understand how anyone likes such a slow game anymore, it's hard to explain if you haven't experienced this. A lifetime of watching baseball with your Grandfather will always be with you, and can always be relived by just going to another baseball game.
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