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As a writer for Sports Illustrated—or, wider and more formative in scope, as a fan of four-plus decades—Jay Jaffe has watched a lot of baseball games. "Probably thousands," he initially estimates while we're drinking near his apartment at St. Gambrinus last week, before curiously grabbing a napkin and Good Will Hunting it to calculate an estimate. After a few minutes of scribbling, he arrives at 4,000 and passes me the cloth chalkboard to review...