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It was Wednesday, Game 1 of the World Series, and the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals were battling at Fenway Park. In homes around Red Sox Nation, equally intense matchups were underway, as young fans intent on staying up past bedtime played hardball with their parents.
Let’s join Newton’s David Schumacher and his sons in the bottom of the first. “After this inning we are going to get our pajamas on,” said Schumacher, a litigator and Little League coach. Alas, it was less a statement than a plea. Jamie, 9, a fan so rabid he can recite the story of the 2004 playoff run, and Luke, 6, a fan so uninterested he was asking to listen to music but happy to exploit the situation, sensed weakness.
“Nooooo,” they wailed.