Talkin' baseball and diplomacy

Power: And we began coming back, one by one by one!

Kissinger: And they got a hit and I said to Steinbrenner, I'm so glad they got the hit, because now he can take Mussina out and save him for a later game. Next thing we know the score is 8-7, and Steinbrenner isn't talking to me anymore because he thinks I've jinxed his team.

Before long, baseball was compared to diplomacy, and Power said baseball was like negotiating in that you send your closer in last. Kissinger countered that he always made his best offer first.

As the sunset turned golden yellow, the black van pulled up to Yankee Stadium and the diplomats exited to watch the next chapter in one of baseball's great rivalries and talk of matters with more far-ranging consequence.

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