I’m jealous that Tom and Mack were at OP@CY in person today to to see the Orioles’ crazy comeback victory, which ended when Nolan Reimold socked a three-run homer in the 11th for the gwaribbie. I was going to post that he was already the best Nolan in Oriole history, but when I looked it up, I realized that Joe Nolan was actually not bad!
CJ and I also saw some baseball today — “Baseball Like It Oughta Be,” as the sign says over the Duck Pond, home of the Madison Mallards. The Mallards played an exhibition game against Sweden’s national side, in a slight drizzle in front of a few hundred fans. Jordan Hershiser, son of Orel, started for the Mallards. He walked the first two Swedes; the next batter bunted to third, the throw sailed past the first baseman, and somehow both runners scored. It was a lot like Atari baseball. Even more so in the bottom frame, in which the Mallards batted around and scored 8 runs on 5 hits and 3 HBP, including two straight with the bases loaded. Not much risk of Sweden taking baseball bragging rights from the current champs of the blonde part of Europe.
CJ still hasn’t grasped the rules of baseball but he liked when the umpire yelled “Strike!” And nachos. He liked the nachos. Mostly he followed the progress of Maynard and Millie Mallard around the stadium, shouting “Go Mallards!” whenever one of them came near enough for a fist bump.
Millie Mallard has a green head, by the way. I don’t know much about ducks, but I know that means Millie’s a man. Who cares what the Wisconsin constitution says? This is gay marriage like it oughta be — encased in a big padded suit and dancing, carefree, on the dugout.