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I relocated to Southern California a little more than 10 years ago, saying so-long to the snow and frosty cold of the Northeast. Now, I make my home in what I consider one of the best regions to live in the country. Yet, despite my love affair for all that is California, from the cool ocean breezes to the glitter of Hollywood, I find it amusing that when recently given a choice to attend a baseball game, I immediately selected one featuring the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. I grew up with the Phils and to me they represent a part of my life that’s cherished as much as mom’s pierogi, scrapple and the American flag. They are part of my roots.

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