(Bones, by Jay Kaplan)

With apologies to Springa and Al Barile, you can answer the above non-musical question yourself by checking out Jay Kaplan‘s “The Doc Ellis Experience”, a series of 15 paintings directly or indirectly based on the celebrated life of the former Pittsburgh Pirates hurler.  Says Kaplan, “exploring beyond the urban legend that he became best known for, his story functions as a platform for psychological and sociological examination into and beyond his era.  Issues such as civil liberties and personal freedom as well as a wide array of emotional conditions are investigated through this translation of his life.”  In short, you don’t even have to be high or a Pirates fan to enjoy it (but it probably helps).

The above item is a convenient excuse to segue towards a less accomplished painter/Pirate, Zach Duke, who is about to face the top of the Mets’ batting order after a 40 minute rain delay in Flushing. The New York Post’s Kevin Kernan helpfully reminds us today’s matinee is the first of 8 consecutive contests in which the Amazins’ play a pair of teams (Pittsburgh and Washington) who are a combined 41 games under .500. In other words, there’s no better time than this week for Lastings Milledge to exact his revenge.

The ‘Lil Wilpons face Batavia tonight, and the hosts are touting the tilt as “Bark In The Park” night.  CSTB’s own mascot / director of community outreach would love to attend (“The Warriors” is his favorite film), but until the Cyclones retire Von LMO’s number, he’s staying home in silent protest.