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FC Barcelona: 'Hello, New York!' New York: 'Get Off the Field, We're Playin' Softball Here'

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Remember that Jet Li movie where Li kills a machine-gun wielding airline ↵pilot by kicking a pool ball into his head? ↵
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↵Yeah. I imagine that much the same thing happened when these ↵quintessential New Yawkers failed to recognize some of the most famous ↵guys in the world: ↵
↵⇥During its U.S. tour last summer, FC Barcelona held a training ↵⇥session one evening in Central Park. The team, including superstar ↵⇥Thierry Henry, practiced in a part of the park's North Meadow that ↵⇥serves as the outfield for several softball fields. As warm-ups ↵⇥began so did the calls from the clueless nearby beer league softball ↵⇥games for Barcelona to "Get the ---- off the field." ↵
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↵Except because they're nice guys -- they've got UNICEF on their shirts! -- the ↵team just passed around someone's looping fly ball until Leo Messi ↵scorpion-kicked a nasty ↵slider past Joe Jablonski. Now that FC Barcelona's true identity was ↵revealed, things changed. Instead of yelling "get the ---- off the ↵field," the beer league softballers yelled "get the ---- off the ↵field, you eurofairies who don't know what real football is." ↵

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↵Ah, New York. ↵

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↵This, by the way, is part of a longish Wall Street Journal piece on the ↵coming soccer revolution, which might actually be coming very, very slowly. If it's coming at all, ↵youse guys. ↵

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