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Commentary: In defense of baseball in a fast-paced, screen-obsessed world

CHICAGO - Criticism directed at the game of baseball is on the rise. From the introduction of the MLB's so-called "pace of play" initiatives to reports that millennials aren't interested in baseball, America's favorite pastime has been under siege.

Before a recent summer experience, I too was openly questioning whether baseball had a place in the lives of our kids in this hyper-charged, fast-paced world.

My son and my experience in Chicago with the Welles Park Minor League Red Sox changed all of that. Baseball slowed down the world for a couple of hours each time we stepped out on the field and provided teachable moments for children and adults alike. Count me now as a

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