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Pete Van Vleet plays with his daughter, Madeline, 6, and his son, Jack, 9 months. Van Vleet is a baseball superfan; his favorite team is the Houston Astros. Madeline's is the Detroit Tigers because she generally likes the teams with animal mascots. Photo illustration by Claire Harbage/NPR and Paige Vickers for NPR hide caption

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Fandoms: Identities Shaped By The Things We Love

Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

Pete Van Vleet is a devoted Houston Astros fan. His daughter loves the Detroit Tigers. To help his infant son pick a team, he asked all 30 of them, "Why should my son choose you to be a fan?"

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Biden Tells NPR He Has 'No Plans' To Run In 2020

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MedStar Health clinic in Washington, D.C. An affiliated MedStar hospital is just one of many facilities throughout the U.S. that have been hit with shortages of certain medications because of recent hurricane damage to manufacturers in Puerto Rico. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Damage To Manufacturers In Puerto Rico Affects Mainland Hospitals, Too

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Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

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Pete Van Vleet plays with his daughter, Madeline, 6, and his son, Jack, 9 months. Van Vleet is a baseball superfan; his favorite team is the Houston Astros. Madeline's is the Detroit Tigers because she generally likes the teams with animal mascots. Photo illustration by Claire Harbage/NPR and Paige Vickers for NPR hide caption

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Babies And Baseball: A Dad Plants The Seeds For A Shared Love Of The Game

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