Starting today I am on vacation. And by “on vacation,” I mean today I’m co-hosting The Current’s morning show with Mary Lucia, which is a pretty easy way to spend the last work day of the week.

So there’s no posting by me today.

Next week I’m off to Oshkosh for the annual air show. I may post from there, but probably not.

See you on Monday, August 4.

The Minnesota Twins have decided to cancel their hall of fame induction of former secondbaseman Chuck Knoblauch. The only question is why they intended to honor him at all?

Knoblauch, who earned the ire of Twins fans when he demanded a trade out of Minnesota when the team fell on hard times, is accused of punching his ex-wife, Cheri, according to a Houston radio station.

Memorial Villages police were called to their home on Forest Glen around 4 a.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they said Knoblauch appeared to be intoxicated.

Police said Knoblauch’s wife told them she was asleep in her child’s room when her husband came in, upset that he wasn’t sleeping in their bed. He allegedly grabbed her by the arm and started smashing her head into a wall.

Knoblauch is accused of throwing a humidifier at her before she ran from the room.

Police said Knoblauch’s wife had a large bruise on her arm, a large scratch on the left side of her face and a visible knot on her forehead.

Knoblauch, it needs to be noted, isn’t a rookie when it comes to hitting women. He was convicted in 2010 of hitting his then-wife, Stacey Stelmach. He pleaded guilty to punching her in the face and received a year of probation.

In January, the Twins announced that Knoblauch would be the 27th inductee of its Hall of Fame.

Here’s the press release:

“The Pohlad family and entire Minnesota Twins organization would like to congratulate Chuck Knoblauch on election to the Twins Hall of Fame,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “Chuck’s stellar play during his Rookie of the Year season was instrumental in helping our franchise secure the 1991 World Series Championship. Moreover, his on-field play throughout the course of his seven-year Twins career earned him a reputation as one of the AL’s best players. The Twins organization looks forward to welcoming Chuck and his family back to Minnesota for this summer’s induction ceremony.”

He was elected by a 62-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members. The requirements mirror those of the Baseball Hall of Fame, which presently do not disqualify players who have hit women.

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Danny Nickerson of  Massachusetts turns 6 tomorrow. It’s difficult to say whether he’ll turn 7. He has an inoperable brain tumor.

“Every day is a blessing to us,” his mother, Carley, tells the North Attleboro Sun Chronicle. She’s hoping for the best, obviously.

On July 1, his mother posted this to her Facebook page:

Danny turns 6 in 24 days. He loves receiving mail and hes always checking the mail box for mail with his name on it. How many birthday cards can we get before his birthday? And give him a month of tons of mail! He will love it! Then on his birthday I will post a picture of all the cards together!

And thank you to Carol who sent us another fairy package this month with cute pictures of the boys visit to the Magical Moon Farm! Along with glow sticks! Danny saw the mail man putting the packages in our mailbox and went crazy!

Two weeks later, he had gotten 35 cards. Then social media started doing its social media thing.

Last week, three bins of birthday cards arrived.

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By Monday, the daily delivery had swelled to the thousands.

Danny’s Warriors Facebook page

Tuesday was chemo day, though the trip to the Post Office made things a little better, apparently. It took five vehicles and 12 people to haul the mail home.

Danny’s Warriors Facebook page

And yesterday, according to the town’s postmaster, the young man got more mail than the rest of the town combined.

Danny’s Warriors Facebook page

We’re powerless to stop what the world does to little kids. We can’t talk sense into a country that sends missiles into a school where little kids are taking cover. We can’t talk sense into an organization that uses them as human shields. We can’t stop cancer.

We can send cards and we can make a family feel a little better.

Some days, that has to be enough.