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Joel Carben attended his first professional baseball game in 1980, at Yankee Stadium, as a five-year-old. He and his father sat in the upper deck, in right field, “way, way up in barely-see-it-ville,” he recalls. He remembers a man sitting behind them with a jug of moonshine, yelling vulgarities at Reggie Jackson, and he remembers his father admonishing him to keep his eyes on the ball, a lesson that he has internalized with near-fanaticism. Today, when he attends a game, as he often...

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