What's a sports nut dad supposed to do when he has two daughters instead of two sons? Well, he oversees their development as girl jocks. I went to my first Phillies game in mid-July, It was only a week or two after my sixth birthday, and I had already been a diligent fan, memorizing and learning how to do batting averages and earned-run averages, and the spelling of even difficult ethnic names of players like Rip Ripulski, Ray Semproch, Stan Lopata and the immortal Go-Go Chico Fernandez. Ella was just about that age when she curled up with me on the couch one night as I was idly watching a Philadelphia 76ers game. My ardor for sports-watching had cooled over the years, but I still felt a bit of the connoisseur about it. I was one of the lucky boys-cum-well-really-still-boys to become a professional sportswriter. I had worked as a small-town columnist, as a TV sports producer and even as a reporter for a year at Sports Illustrated, the premiere sports magazine in America. Sportswriters, and especially ex-sportswriters, as I was by that point, can be a cynical lot.
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