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Baseball Returns - 2001-09-17


Major League Baseball returns Monday night nearly one week after being halted because of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

The players will wear their familiar uniforms, but with U.S. flags sewn on the jerseys and caps. The traditional song "Take Me Out to the Ballpark," which is played during the seventh inning when fans stand up to stretch their legs, will be replaced with "God Bless America." Many fans will see visibly increased security at ballparks, including Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and the SkyDome in Toronto, Canada.

The resumption of baseball also means the chase for the single season home run record continues. Barry Bonds needs just eight more hits over the fence in the San Francisco Giants' last 18 games to break the total of 70 set by Mark McGwire in 1998.

More than a dozen teams still are in the running for the postseason. The regular season will now extend through October seventh to make up for postponed games. As a result, the World Series championship may stretch into November for the first time in baseball history.

Meanwhile, the National Football League will resume play next Sunday after postponing all games on the second weekend of the regular season. Major college football also will be back next weekend.

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