The timing may seem terrible (or, considering the way the Sox are playing right now, fortuitous), but I am off to Europe (Berlin and then Milan) for a 10 day business trip. I should be able to find out the scores while I am away (I am pretty sure they have the internet in the EU), so I will be able to see how many runs down the Sox are on any given night. I return just in time for the final game of the season, on the 27th anniversary of a certain home run by a certain shortstop, and also in time for a slice of birthday cake (I turn 37 next Sunday). I trust YF will spend the week either gloating or stalking Jetes in my absence, and I hope our guest posters engage the debates here with ferocity, intelligence, and humor. Have a great last 10 days of the season, everyone, and I will miss the banter. If you happen to see some comments in stilted German and Italian, you’ll know I’ve been on-line.