Dear Dairy:

Finished my two-day meeting with Hamid Karzai yesterday. Exhausting. The guy knew absolutely nothing about Baseball. I explained to him the elements of the game, how to fill out a scorecard, and a historical overview, so certainly important ground was covered—which was difficult because he’s not the most focused guy in the third world, and his mind kept wandering to the "alarming" resurgence of al Qaeda and the Taliban in his country, and problems his economy is facing beyond its nearly entire reliance on the booming opium poppy production industry. However, by the end of his visit his new understanding of our national pastime put our two nations on much firmer footing together going forward.

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack!