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The Importance of Dan Puggla

The thinking man’s neo-Agrarian theorist will tell you that before industrialization, people, quite joyfully, walked around with dog heads. We know this because we know this, and not just because Aldo Leopold and Wendell Berry insist it’s true. That’s why it was nice to see Braves second baseman Dan Uggla succumb to ancient ethnobiological urges and sprout a pug’s melon atop his muscled, hitting-streaky shoulders. And so, courtesy of Citizens Bankers, comes your Daguerreotype of the Evening, which is of Dan Puggla …

In other Tribe of Uggla news, Deadly Don Hammack, America’s leading Nats fan, calls the writer’s attention to one Magnus Uggla, who exists and actually has that name. As well, Mr. M. Uggla’s Wikipedia page contains this championship description:

He is a member of the Swedish nobility and a descendant of several European rulers, among which John III of Sweden and Gustav Vasa.

Forgive the clunky translation and instead regard again: “[A] member of the Swedish nobility and a descendant of several European rulers …”

That may not describe Dan Uggla, but it describes Magnus Uggla. And it absolutely describes Dan Puggla.