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Andre Ethier celebrating the Dodgers NL West championship with the fans. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
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One of my favorite memories of the last baseball season was sitting next to the legendary Jerry Coleman when the San Diego Padres were in town. In the first inning David Eckstein was at bat with one out. He hit a ball gently to the right of Orlando Hudson. Hudson inexplicably misplayed it, and Eckstein was safe on first. E4.

“You better tell your guy to stop being cool,” Coleman said.

Mind you except for a hello, we hadn’t exchanged words up to that point.

“Which one,” I asked.

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“Oh what’s his name who just made that error. He’s too cool to use two hands.”

From that point on we just started talking baseball with him regaling me stories of those Yankees teams he was on in the 1950s led by the professor Casey Stengel. In the middle innings he left to do commentary for Padres radio, but we continued when he came back out. What struck me was that despite being 55 years his junior we could connect on an intellectual and emotional level because of this game of baseball.