There are only a few perfect excuses to get out of the mundane banality that is yet another day at school: an illness, Shark Week or the Pirates playing in just their third playoff game in 21 years.
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Yes, that notes kindly asks Mrs. U to excuse little Braden, who has a very important appointment with Dr. McCutchen, whom we assume has an M.D., but we are ever confident that he is working on his MVP at the moment as well.
We would also like to point out that Bucco Fever is a very real thing that lays dormant for 20 years or so before striking down an entire city.
Now, we assume the boy and his legendary father live in the Pittsburgh area, so perhaps this note was simply a heads up that father and son would be at home, kicking up their feet to the rare and very enjoyable MLB day game.
After dropping the first game 9-1, the Pirates will hope to have better luck in Game 2 Friday afternoon from St. Louis. Here's to hoping the young arm of Gerrit Cole fares better for whichever little boys and girls were given the opportunity to play hooky this fine Friday.
Heck, I really want to have a kid now just so I can take him or her out of school. I will have to contemplate if that is reason enough for the commitment.
Until then, I will sit back and watch a full day's complement of playoff baseball. It's a beautiful experience that seems all the more special and rare when your team is featured.
Fortunately, there is a lucky little kid out there who will be watching Friday's game with a father who has his priorities very much in order.
School is very important...unless the Pirates are in the playoffs. That sort of thing only happens every couple of decades or so.
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