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There’s an off-the-field war taking place in the world of baseball. On one side, there are the jocks, guys like former Reds second baseman turned intolerable ESPN announcer Joe Morgan. They’re the gritty, old-school types who resent the fact that the Game as they experienced it is on its way out. On the other side, there are the nerds, guys like Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein. They’re the front-office thinkers, the relative rookies interested in exploring new ways of seeing the Game. The nerd crowd is typically quiet, choosing to mount its attacks with a stunning precision that seems to confuse the jock crowd (Hee-Seop who?) during the brief baseball offseason. The jocks—well, Morgan at least—can be brutal, offering the occasional crazy rant from the safety of cable television against proto-nerd/former-jock Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane. Tonight is more of a nerd night. Hear Clay Davenport read from his Baseball Between the Numbers, in conjunction with Steve Goldman and Christina Kahrl’s Baseball Prospectus 2006, at 6 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Mike Kanin)