Patriotism and sports are inseparable. But have we lost something important as a result?

July 5, 2013, 11:30 am
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Howard Bryant of ESPN takes a pretty gutsy tack for a Fourth of July column. He takes on patriotism at the ballpark. He starts by making an observation that, I hope anyway, everyone acknowledges to be valid: The old conventions of sports leagues and fans coming to the ballpark to escape the problems of the…