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When I think drives, bites and baseball, my thoughts go back to the 1970s, and my dad and I stuffing down hotdogs while watching our hero, Roy White, snagging long drives in left center field in Death Valley or smacking line drives for base hits into right field. Today, drives, bytes and baseball conjure up different thoughts. The Major League Baseball (MLB) steroid scandal disappointed many true-believing baseball fans, but it also revealed a simmering controversy concerning the manner and execution of searches of digital computer evidence, otherwise known as electronically stored information (ESI). Perhaps the debate is best summarized in the question, when can the government seize the haystack to look for the needle? This article will address the significant legal issues involved in this digital search controversy.

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