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“Uh, Mr. Pyrrhus?  There’s a deputation here to see you…..”

The Ancient Mariner could not be reached for comment.

This is a duck.  A very ugly duck.

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey in 1778.

I don’t have that much to say about the battle itself except that I believe it was one of the very few occasions on which George Washington really lost his temper (because of the fecklessness of Charles Lee).

No, I make mention of it because this painting by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze has always been a favorite of mine, so I use the date as an excuse to post it again.  I’ve always wondered about the dog in the foreground.

Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

While we all await Judgement Day this morning (yes, of course I’m paying attention), a leetle gratuitous baseball story for your amusement.

On Tuesday, I happened to be on a thread over to Facebook participating in a group rant about the terrible run production of my beloved Nationals.  Their RISP average has been the one really worrisome part of the team’s otherwise outstanding performance this year, and the general consensus was that Rick Eckstein, the Nats’ batting coach, needed to be sent to the consulting firm of Tar & Feathers immediately.

And yet, for all of that, the Nats managed to rack up a total of twenty-three (23) runs over the Rockies these past two nights, beating them successively by the scores of 12-5 and 11-5.

Robbo is not used to watching the Nats pull off a laugher, much less two in a row.  It’s a strange feeling.

But that’s the baseball gods for you.  Caprice and whimsey.  (I don’t for an instant believe that these back-to-back slugfests were in good faith answer to the fans’ collective wishes.  The gods don’t work that way.)



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