Video: Pope takes batting practice


We can hear Bob Casey bellowing out the following: "Batting first, number 1, playing any position he feels like: Pope John Paul II!"

Well, that never happened, but the Pontiff did wander into a batting cage during the Twins World Series-winning year of 1987, when he visited the U.S.

Bloggers at Puckett'sPond figure that's a good enough sign to invite Pope Benedict XVI to Twins Territory this year. (Yes, a stretch, but two 90-loss seasons were no fun.) Anyway, the Vatican released actual video of John Paul II taking some swings. Enjoy:

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