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Baseball and softball belong in the Olympics
Baseball and softball belong in the Olympics

Beijing 2008 saw one of the most incredible sporting feats the Olympics has ever known. On Aug. 20, Japanese softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno hurled eight scoreless innings before Japan fell to an indomitable U.S. squad in the bottom of the 9th. Two hours later, she pitched 12 more innings against Australia, sending Japan to the gold medal match against the U.S. The next day, she came back with seven more sterling innings as Japan defeated the three-time Olympic softball champs, 3-1. Fans and news media alike stood mesmerized by Ueno's performance. I was one of them. But Beijing 2008 proved to be softball's Olympic swan song, just as it was becoming an Olympic staple. Olympic decisions are...

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