On Endy Chávez's catch in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the NLCS.

The stadium scene.
Oct. 20 2006 1:23 PM

Letter From the Playoffs

On Endy Chávez's catch in the sixth inning of Game 7 of the NLCS.

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Besides, Hano adds, the Mets didn't win. "To that degree, there is a considerable difference." The long ball might have lost its romance, but it still wins games. Chávez's catch had already become a historical footnote. Hano and I talk baseball for a few more minutes—the catching Molina brothers, the new stadiums in Pittsburgh and San Diego, the epic badness of this year's National League—and then wish each other well. He will keep his catch, and I'll keep mine.

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