As someone who once skipped school to attend Game 1 of the 1989 ALCS and watched Dave Stewart and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays, I whole-heartedly subscribe to the theory that playoff baseball is a worthwhile reason to miss a day of school.
And that's why the unnamed Pittsburgh Pirates fan/father who sent the note below gets a BLS fist-bump. He handed over a doctor's note for his son's "Bucco Fever." In Dad's defense, I hear Dr. McCutchen is one of the best.
The note was obtained by For The Win, which doesn't provide too many details, so we're left to wonder whether dad and Braden will be watching Game 2 on TV or taking a trip to St. Louis. If it's the former, which we imagine it is, that will show you that Pirates baseball is a big deal at the moment in Pittsburgh.
Babies at local hospitals are being welcomed to the world with Pirates gear and school-aged children are catching Bucco fever before the NLDS has even comes to Pittsburgh. What will happens to the city Sunday when it hosts Game 3 at PNC Park? It might become a pandemic.