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Game Thread: 7/23 Padres @ Phillies

Harry Potter and the Deathly Baseball Hallows, part 1

"'There were once three [baseball players] who were traveling along a lonely winding road at twilight... In time, the [players] reached a river too deep to wade through and too dangerous to swim across. However, these [players] were learned in the magical arts, and so they simply waved their wands and made a bridge appear across the treacherous water. They were halfway across it when they found their path blocked by a hooded figure.

"'And Death spoke to them. He was angry that he had been cheated out of three new victims, for travelers usually drowned in the river. But Death was cunning. He pretended to congratulate the three [baseball players] upon their magic, and said that each had earned a prize for having been clever enough to evade him.'"


'"'So the oldest [player], who was a combative man, asked for a [baseball bat] more powerful than any in existence: a [bat] that must always win [at-bats] for its owner, a [bat] worthy of a [baseball player] who had conquered Death! So Death crossed to an elder tree on the banks of the river, fashioned a [bat] from a branch that hung there, and gave it to the oldest [player].'"


"'Then the second [player], who was an arrogant [pitcher], decided that he wanted to humiliate Death still further, and asked for the power to [throw an unhittable ball]. So Death picked up a [baseball] and gave it to the second [player], and told him that the [ball] would have the power to [find the catcher's glove every time it was pitched].'"


"'And then Death asked the third and youngest [player, who played for the San Diego Padres,] what he would like. The youngest [player] was the humblest and also the wisest of the [three baseball players], and he [knew that defense won baseball games]. So he asked for something that would enable him to [catch long line drives and leap against outfield walls to rob home runs from the opposing team]. And Death, most unwillingly, handed over his own [Glove of Incredibility].'"


"Those are the [Baseball Hallows]," said Xenophilius.
He picked up a quill from a packed table at his elbow and pulled a torn piece of parchment from between more books.
"The [Elder Bat]," he said, and he drew a straight vertical line upon the parchment. "The [Unhittable Ball]," he said, and added a circle on top of the line. "The [Glove of Incredibility]," he finished, enclosing both the line and the circle in a triangle, to make the symbol that so intrigued Hermione. "Together," he said, "the Baseball Hallows... the ancient story [of the three baseball players] refers to three objects, or Hallows, which, if united, will make the possessor master of [Baseball]."

-J.K. Rowling [with alterations by jodes0405]


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Saturday, Jul 23, 2011, 1:10 PM PDT
Citizens Bank Park

Mat Latos vs Kyle Kendrick

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