Another nation to add to the fold! Welcome to the Czech Republic! Through all my history classes, I still have no real idea why you split from Slovakia. All I know is it ruined the second greatest theme song from my childhood. Rather than link to it, I've decided to put the two best (which are head and shoulders above any others) in their respective order here.
It's okay, though. Somehow, we've all struggled on.
Anyway, in baseball news, the Cubs finally exploded, but it's not going to change much in the grand scheme of things. So, it's hard to get too worked up about it. In more exciting news, though, R.A. Dickey, he of the knuckleball and bats named after literary swords, now has consecutive notched in his belt. I felt pretty sure that's a new feat, but apparently not. Dave Stieb, I've read, did it for Toronto in 1988. Jim Tobin threw a one-hitter followed by a no-hitter in 1944 for the Braves, but that's not quite the same animal. And, of course, we have Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters, which is probably the most impressive thing ever done on a baseball field. Truly, that is the one record that will most likely never be broken.
I don't really have much else to add today, except for this excellent Adam Sandler cover by Bronson Arroyo, featuring Aroldis Chapman. I don't know how good Chapman's English is, or how much he really understands what the hell is going on, but I find it hilarious.