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opinion | michael kranish

The day baseball left town

WASHINGTON

As I sit in the stands of Nationals Park during this magical season, I think back to that day 41 years ago, when the baseball team of my youth, the Washington Senators, was whisked out of town. The Nationals mischievously rouse this bittersweet memory, beginning every game with a video that shows the Senators being transformed into the Nationals, the hulking old RFK Stadium swapped with the airy new gem of a park, and the old slugger Frank Howard replaced by Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, set to patriotic music composed for a John Adams miniseries. Tears have been known to flow on fans of a certain age.

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