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# Every day you walk down the street Everybody that you meet

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# Has an original point of view

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-# And I say, hey!

-Hey!

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# What a wonderful kind of day We can learn to work and play

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# And get along with each other

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# You gotta listen to your heart Listen to the beat

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# Listen to the rhythm of the street Open your eyes! Open your ears!

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# Get together, make things better By working together

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# It's a simple message And it comes from the heart

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# Believe in yourself For that's the place to start

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-# And I say, hey!

-Hey!

-What a wonderful kind of day

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# We can learn to work and play And get along with each other

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# What a wonderful kind of day, hey! What a wonderful kind of day, HEY! #

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Hey, DW!

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Hey!

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Whoa-oa!

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GRUNTING AND GROANING

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This is Sisyphus, a character from Greek mythology.

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The Greek gods must not have liked him very much...

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GROANS WITH THE EFFORT

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Made it. Phew!

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Oh, no! Not again!

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He had to spend eternity pushing that boulder up a hill,

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only to have it roll back down over and over again!

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If Sisyphus had liked baseball,

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he would have been an Elwood City Grebe fan,

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getting your hopes up year after year...

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This time, we're gonna win. This time, it's gonna be different.

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Go, Grebes!

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..only to have those hopes crushed at the end of every season.

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Argh!

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Cock-a-doodle-doo!

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You're acting like it's no big deal

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that the Grebes are in the world championship.

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I just don't want to jinx it by getting my hopes up.

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We already won the first game. We just need to win three more.

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But we're up against the Crown City Kings.

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-They've won the world championship 25 times.

-So what?

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So the Grebes haven't won a world championship since 1918.

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But don't you see? Our time has come.

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How can you be so sure?

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Baseball is a science, a game of numbers.

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This year, we've got three factors that have changed the equation.

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What factors?

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The new players.

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Winlin, Playmon and Bateria.

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Last year, Playmon hit 375

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with a 465 on-base percentage.

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The Kings don't have a hitter like that.

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Yeah, and Bateria is the best short stop in the league.

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Not to mention Winlin, the best pitcher with 27 saves

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and a 2.1 E.R.A.

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Nobody can outpitch him.

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I've done a data comparison of the Kings and the Grebes

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and mapped it onto a grid.

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The outcome is clear.

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Our team simply can't be beat.

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I've figured out that this hat wards off the curse.

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When I wear it, the Grebes win!

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-There's no such thing as "the curse".

-How can you say that?

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Things haven't been the same for the Grebes

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since that one game in 1918...

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It was the Grebes versus Kings.

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It's two on and two out for the Grebes

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with Ray Woodpecker Vance stepping up to the plate.

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Elwood City has their hopes riding high on Vance.

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And he connects...

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This could be it. This ball is going! Going...!

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Gone!

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The Grebes win ten to nine!

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They are the new world champions!

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Got it!

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Ahem!

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I bet you're one of those urchins

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who sneaks into the park without paying!

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Give me that ball, you little thief!

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But, Mister, I chased it down fair and square.

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My name is Horace P Crane.

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I own the Grebes.

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I own the land you're standing on and I own that ball.

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Then with this ball, I put a curse on your crummy team.

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You'll never win another championship.

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'And that started the longest championship-losing streak'

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of any team in the history of the league.

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-Harry said the curse of the kid was lifted this year.

-How?

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A descendant of Horace P Crane, his second cousin's nephew's niece,

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found the ball in her attic

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and finally laid it at the kid's tombstone.

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Why do people believe these things?

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Well, so far so good.

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But I'm not taking off this hat until the series is over.

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'The Kings are hoping to break the 3-3 deadlock

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'but it doesn't look very likely

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'as their number nine hitter steps up to the plate.'

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Don't worry, Buster. Look who's up at bat.

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Mucky Flint has the lowest batting average of anybody in the league!

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He's no match for Winlin's cutter, that's for sure.

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'He connects! This ball is...

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'gone!'

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Who knew Mucky Flint could hit like that?

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I'm not surprised. We Kings always win.

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Just got lucky, I guess.

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We didn't come this far to give up now.

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I was worried when the Grebes lost the second game,

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but after we won games three and four, I knew the hat still worked.

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Look! It's Daddy's new commercial and I'm in it!

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Come on down to Crosswire Motors...

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Is your dad wearing a Grebes hat?!

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Remember, at Crosswire Motors, you'll always drive away a winner!

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BOTH: Go Grebes!

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That is hypocritical. You and your dad have always been Kings fans.

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Yeah, but now the Grebes have three wins,

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it's much more fun to be on the winning side.

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Anybody can root for a winning team.

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It takes character to stick with the underdogs.

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Well, Buster, tonight's the night.

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Yeah, tomorrow the Grebes could be the world champions.

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KLAXON SOUNDS

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'And the Kings have taken game five, forcing a sixth game.'

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Don't worry. We're still up three games to two.

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Oh, Daddy, this is terrible! What'll we do if they don't win the next one.

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Don't worry, Muffin.

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We can always pull the new Grebes commercial off the air

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and replace it with the Kings one.

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I just hope the curse hasn't kicked in.

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-Are you going to the game with Harry tonight?

-Yeah.

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I hope we win. I've only been there when we lose.

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Oh, really? How interesting.

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It's just... You know...now that I think about it...

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A strange coincidence?

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OK, well, um, gotta go!

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'This could be it. The Grebes can finally win it all!

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'Just one hour away from the world championship!

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'Here's the pitch.

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'It's an easy grounder...

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'It went right through his legs! The Grebes just lost their best chance

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' to win it all again!'

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When I show up, they lose.

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When I'm not there, they win.

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Oh, I'm their biggest fan, but what if...?

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What if...?

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There he is! Get him!

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That way!

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-Hey, hold it right there.

-Is this that kid with the curse?

-Si, eso es.

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You're the reason the Grebes are losing.

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You don't think I'd curse the team I love, do you?

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-You're bad luck.

-Get out of town, Baxter.

-Largate.

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You've done enough damage!

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Why are you here? You don't believe in the curse.

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Of course not, but according to the Quantum Theory,

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the outcome of any experiment is partly determined

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by the presence of a particular observer.

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What does that have to do with baseball?

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Your presence in the stands has a negative impact

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on the physics of baseball for the Grebes.

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In other words, you're the curse.

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Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h!

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I can't go to the last game.

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I just can't.

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-Oh...!

-Do you want one of those to wear to the game?

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Mom, take my ticket. I can watch the game on TV.

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Oh, that is so sweet of you, but you and Harry are diehard fans.

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You've got to be there for the final game of the world championship.

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-We forgot the milk. Will you run and get it?

-Sure.

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Oh!

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Playmon?

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-Hi, kid.

-Wow! This is...! I'm a big fan.

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-Nice to meet you.

-Would you sign my milk carton?

-Sure. What's your name?

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-Buster Baxter.

-Hey, Playmon, there's a special on apples.

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Winlin?! Bateria! You guys buy groceries too?

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-How about signing this for Buster?

-We appreciate your support.

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We couldn't do it without fans like you.

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You going to the big game?

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< Yes. I mean no.

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Trust me, you don't want me there.

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Why not?

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You know how you lost games two, five and six?

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It was my fault.

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-Guess we're off the hook.

-No, it's true.

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When I'm in the stands, you lose.

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When I'm not, you win.

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It's the curse. I bring the curse.

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No es verdad. It's not true.

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The curse is you not showing up for the game in case we lose.

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The curse is you thinking

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that we don't need you in the stands tomorrow because we do.

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-Ever hear of Dickinson?

-Shortstop?

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Poet. Lived in New England. Wrote a poem that goes like this.

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"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul

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"And sings the tune without the words

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"and never stops at all."

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-Do you see what we're trying to say?

-Not really.

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Tomorrow at the big game, hope is a green-tailed grebe.

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If we're gonna win, then we need all the fan support we can get.

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We need you, Buster, curse or no curse.

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Yeah, Buster, we need you.

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'It's the bottom of the nine, the bases are loaded for the Grebes,

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-'but they're down ten to seven with two outs against them.'

-It's time.

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Playmon is up.

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Strike one.

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Come on, Playmon!

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Strike two.

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"Hope is the thing with feathers!"

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Woo-hoo!

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Oh, no! Buster's cracking.

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No, I can't watch.

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'Playmon connects. This ball is hit hard. It could be an out.

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'It's there. Grebes have won!'

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-Playmon's the best!

-The numbers were right!

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Ho-ho-ho! We're the world champions!

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And it only took 87 years!

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And you can tell your grandchildren you were there!

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The most amazing part was

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what happened to the ball after Playmon hit it.

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It went up and up and then it sprouted feathers.

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Wings! Did anyone ever find that ball?

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Oh, no. It flapped right out of the ball park,

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past the moon and right to the stars.

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Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd 2006

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The Elwood City Grebes haven't won the Baseball Championship since 1918. But with the addition of three stellar players, the title is finally within reach. There's one problem - whenever Buster is at the game, the Grebes lose! Is Buster the team's curse? Or can the players convince Buster that his loyalty as a fan is more valuable than winning?


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