With the announcement today of Mr. Jim Thome's signing, Twins fans throughout the upper midwest were pinching themselves, no doubt remembering the bloody carnage the former Cleaveland Indian wrought against Twins pitchers in the past.
Rick Reed, the most prolific pitching victim of Thome's murderous rampages coyly declinedto comment on the transaction, with a sly arching of one of his eyebrows. Reports had him being contacted in connection with the new opening as Thome's personal batting practice pitcher.
Whatever transpires, he will probably be asked to stand in when the longtime Twins handshaking logo develops power failures atop the Target Field scoreboard, or just needs a reasonable facsimile to represent the Twin Cities.
Good Luck Paul, er, Jim!