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Baseball diplomacy: Ripken hosts Japanese teens
Baseball diplomacy: Ripken hosts Japanese teens

Thinking backon his efforts as an ambassador of baseball, Cal Ripken Jr. recalled howthe teens he worked with in Nicaragua were so excited it was impossible to corral them into groups, while the kids in China were so reserved it was hard to get them out on their own. But one of the things both sets of young players shared, he said Tuesday, was a love of the game. That's part of the reason why the Hall of Fame shortstop isn't intimidated by his latest diplomatic assignment from the U.S. Department of State: Hosting 16 teenagers from Japan who were profoundly affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March. Though cultural differences crop up, Ripken said he's never had any...

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