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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Even though we are entering the dark depths of mid-winter and another storm-of-the-century-of-the-week is sweeping into the neighborhood of Port Swiller Manor this weekend, a friend reminds me that pitchers and catchers report in 30 days.

Ol’ Robbo confesses that he has not watched a single baseball game since his beloved Nats won the Series in 2019. The 2020 season, abbreviated to a mere 60 games and laden with idiotic, experimental rules changes and “health” restrictions, was an absurdity and, in my humble opinion, ought never to have happened.

As for the 2021 season, when MLB decided to inject itself into politicks by moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver in protest over the Georgia voter law reform kerfluffle, I decided that they could get stuffed. (It wasn’t so much the particular issue as the idea that Sportsball – which I turn to purely for entertainment – should feel the need to rub my nose in matters irrelevant to its function.)

But the truth of the matter is that I’ve missed the game. Also, the fact that not only did the Braves win the Series last year, but that they did so at home, thus demonstrating the Baseball Gods’ utter contempt for MLB’s posturing, so tickles the hackles of Ol’ Robbo’s cold heart that I decided MLB had been suitably chastised, and to give things another try this year.

I’ve much catching up to do. For one thing, I had a look at the Nats’ roster and season record last year. Yikes. Almost everyone from their 2019 Championship team seems to have left, and the names that I did recognize were mostly fresh up from the minors. As for their record? Weeeeell, the polite thing to say is that it was a “rebuilding” year. I gather this year will be much the same.

Also, where are we with those horrid rules changes? How far has the evil DH infection spread now into the National League? Are they still running those stupid extra-inning speed-up stunts? Has covid rendered tagging too dangerous and players must now just wave the ball in the general direction of the runner? Are the Nationals now planning to change their name because it doesn’t comport with the values of our Globalist Betters? Inquiring minds want to know.

So as I say, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Of course, I’m doing so keeping a sharp eye out. Any more insufferable politickal malarkey and I’ll be right back on the boycott line again.

In the meantime, what else is there to say, except

GO, NATS!!

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