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Some quick takes this morning…

•  Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the release of "Bull Durham," still one of the two best movies ever made about baseball.  (I'd argue that "Field of Dreams" is the other, though a very different kind of film.  But I recognize that this opinion can ignite an avalanche of emails castigating me for not including "The Natural" or "Major League" or 'Eight Men Out."  Feel free.)  If, by some weird confluence of circumstances you've never seen "Bull Durham," you need to watch it.  This weekend.

•  I've always been a fan of comedian John Mulaney, who always has made irony a key factor in his standup.  His latest special, on Netflix, in many ways continues the pattern, but "John Mulaney: Baby J" actually finds the comedian digging deeper than in the past.  Virtually the entire special focuses on his highly-publicized relapse into drug addiction, and the intervention that sent him to rehab - it feels entirely authentic and relentlessly, painfully funny.

•  My wine of the week - the 2021 Rubinelli Vajol Valpolicella Classico, which is light in color, zesty in taste, and a perfect wine for sitting outside on a late summer afternoon, waiting for the burgers and dogs to come off the grill.

That's it for this week.  Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.