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DEAD BALL ERA
Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
April 16, 2012
Baseball's opening week had a throwback feel. In Broward County, Fla., where Joe DiMaggio spent his last days, voters received an e-mail invitation to a fund-raiser for sheriff's candidate Louie Granteed to be "hosted and endorsed" by Joltin' Joe. (In reality the dead slugger's approval came from his longtime lawyer, who is legally empowered to do such things.) And in bookstores, readers got a glimpse of a world in which another icon, Ted Williams, lives again. Bruce E. Spitzer's Extra Innings imagines the Kid revived, in 2092, using cryonics. So, what's Williams up to? Batting against "Botwinder" robots and piloting jets in a war against Afghanistan—a vision that makes the 2012 Mets' spending four days in first place a little less fantastic.
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April 16, 2012

Dead Ball Era

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Baseball's opening week had a throwback feel. In Broward County, Fla., where Joe DiMaggio spent his last days, voters received an e-mail invitation to a fund-raiser for sheriff's candidate Louie Granteed to be "hosted and endorsed" by Joltin' Joe. (In reality the dead slugger's approval came from his longtime lawyer, who is legally empowered to do such things.) And in bookstores, readers got a glimpse of a world in which another icon, Ted Williams, lives again. Bruce E. Spitzer's Extra Innings imagines the Kid revived, in 2092, using cryonics. So, what's Williams up to? Batting against "Botwinder" robots and piloting jets in a war against Afghanistan—a vision that makes the 2012 Mets' spending four days in first place a little less fantastic.

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