|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Monday, October 06, 2003
Two hours. Thirty minutes.
Red Sox closer Byung-Hyun Kim is Korean, but has learned a lot about America. He knows the capital of Massachusetts. He knows the largest city in Arizona. And he knows the New Jersey state bird:
This was a classless move, but I sympathize with Kim. Fans who boo their own team are scum. Red Sox fans boo Pedro Martinez. They are vermin.
In 216 BC the Roman general C. Terrentius Varro led four legions into battle against the Carthaginian Hannibal at Cannae. Hannibal annihilated them. Only a few escaped, Varro being one of them. When he returned to Rome, the citizens showed up to greet him. Even though Varro was a disaster as a general, he did his best in the service of Rome, and the Romans thanked him for that.