“I wrote this speech thinking this was going to be it. It’s not it. You guys went and screwed up my whole speech. We’ve got to come back here on Tuesday and drink some more beer.” – Kent Hrbek, in what was supposed to be his “goodbye to the Metrodome” speech, Oct. 4, 2009, before the famous Game No. 163 versus the Detroit Tigers.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Mauer's hit kicking up dust even! Maybe flaming,
smoking divots would help our distracted
Observers estimate he called seven different pitches "balls" which should have been strikes for Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon, pitching in the 9th inning. This ultimately helped the Yankees tie the game at 3, in a game they won later in the 11th inning. The electronic "Pitch Tracker" system that gives feedback to League Officials backs up this analysis. Tsk, tsk.
Acting as the left-field umpire in Game Two of last year's Divisional Playoffs on Friday, Oct. 9, Cuzzi blew a foul-ball call when Joe Mauer led off the 11th inning with a line drive down the line for what should have been a ground-rule double. Two pitches later, Mauer did single, but the Yankees eventually were able to get out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam and went on to win, 4-3, on a Mark Teixeira home run in the bottom of the inning.
I'm not especially enamored with the idea of instant replay, but repeated instances like this may give me a change of heart!
The horror...Look at it...LOOK AT IT!
May Your Taters Fly Far!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Song author and lead vocalist Craig Finn of The Hold Steady
could pass of a long-lost brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Bruce Sutter.
With thanks for photo and accompanying info
courtesy of MPR: The Current.
Not sure I'm sold on it. A couple more listenings, and I might be seen running down Sunrise Avenue, Homer Hanky a-wavin,' screaming "Glory Hallelujah!!" Doubltess, Missus Twins Twinkler would endorse that.
The band — which also features Steve "The Toy Cannon" Wynn of Dream Syndicate, R.E.M.’s Peter "John" Buck and Scott "Mr." McCaughey, Zuzu's Petals drummer Linda "Miss Jane" Pitmon — deliver a working-class hardrockin'-jangly-I-tore-my-pants-on-a-barn stud of a song to go with other between-inning hits like John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” or “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Finn drops some nostalgic lyrics about legendary outfielder Kirby Puckett:
"In the fall of '87, I was pretty much in heaven / I got my licence and a girlfriend, and the Twins had won the pennant," he quivers on the cut. Finn is tentatively scheduled to appear on the Minneapolis/St. Paul 1500 am radio postgame segment on Sunday, Oct. 3 to discuss the song. But as we well know, rockers are notoriously unreliable and footloose and fancyfree, so that's subject to change...
BTY: I know you've been dying to know: personally, I've never liked the "Twinkies" tag. That's because I know it originated (at least in my recollection) during the '80s, before the Championship season, as a slightly derisive moniker for team when it, well, sucked.
Of course, I've always been kind of partial towards the original 1961 "Win! Twins!" song by Ray Charles (not THAT one) and Dick ("Don't Call Me Richie") Wilson. It is available in the sidebar for your eternal happiness.
AND AS IF you haven't heard it, here's a video with the song mentioned above, played as background ambience: it was played during the Twins Legends game a few weeks ago as the portly and disheveled former Twins players took to the field!
May Your Taters Fly Far!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
No, he's not auditioning for a role in "Cheech n' Chong UP in Smoke Part IV."
Heckuva game for Denard and the boys last night! Rally in 8th, coupled with
White Sox LOSS in Oakland assured them of a spot in the ALDS!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
|Jim Thome at Target Field, Sept. 21, 2010 issue of SI|
To wit: I can't tell you how many times this past summer I've seen some of my fellow over-the-hill gangers running shirtless for exercise. Or worse yet, sporting lycra (form-fitting) shorts. It's as if they're admiring their own body in the mirror before heading out, laughing that fake Frenchman's laugh "Ah-hoah-hoah-hooah, leet de weeman see my beautiful body az I glii-iide past. Hu-hu-hooooah!"
Gentlemen, please. You're not ripped like Lance Armstrong. You have abs like the Pillsbury Doughboy...you're embarassing yourself, your wives, children, girlfriends, and probably your house pets. Especially you guys more wolf-manly than the rest of us skinny, hairless breeds. Stop it. Now.
By way of comparison, Joe Posnanski (see"The Cover," blog link) avoids the sports writing faux paus of hyperbole, overuse of cliches (i.e., "Jim Thome is hitting like a beast" - uh, great stuff...), and instead writes with insight and good research. He grasps how hard it is to play the game at a high level. He treats players with respect, and isn't a "homer" (his passion for the K.C. Royals, though obvious, is understated, and never annoying).
Another 500 Homerun guy playing for a team in the midwest,
Eddie Mathews:inaugural edition of SI, Aug. 16, 1954
That Minneapolis skyline above is lookin' pretty hot! I predict this cover will really do a lot to download the Target Field image into the nation's collective mindset!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
|It's as if even the young, studious Kaat couldn't wait for the|
star seeking fan to finish with the portrait shot so he could get
back to his throwing session at Tinker Field in Orlando!
Jim had a wonderfully economic windup and delivery, whichleft him in perfect position to field his position after the pitch.
James Lee Kaat, 1966 Topps
Card. Would have won the
Cy Young Award that year, were
it not for another lefthander,
Kaat left the game (Austin Daily Herald story pdf) to visit the doctor and dentist but still showed up, amazingly, at a post game party hosted by none other than Bernie Allen. Allen blurted out his surprise that Kaat still had the wherewithal to make an appearance after his ghoulish day. Kaat, in his true, gritty fashion merely reminded him "Well, you did invite me, didn't you?"
May Your Taters Fly Far!
|The Man With The Golden (16) Glove. Only|
Greg Maddux has surpassed him, with awards
for 18 seasons of gold glovin.'
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
|And we all thought he was toast in May!|
Good stuff, great game! SWEEP THE SOX!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
And to be sure, that game was also memorable for the freakish spectacle caused by our favorite little Bloomington Kennedy alum, Kent Hrbek. While chasing a Gene Larkin foul, gentleman Kent bored a collie-sized divot in foul territory. Behold:
Rumors that Kent is being contacted by organizers of the coming ice age to
gouge out new river beds and landforms in Minnesota are completely untrue.
|Jim Thome follows through on his game-winning homerun on August 17, the first "walk-off" homer |
ever hit at Target Field in Minneapolis. The 581st of his career, and he cranked the living crap out of it.
TURN DOWN YOUR VOLUMN for the above video to see the big tater! Thome's shot can also be seen in this official Twins MLB video, which gives the standard camera shot from centerfield. Irritating drunk driver (another evil white male) psa precedes the clip!
Jim Thome's game winning homer on Aug. 17 (see box score and game details at this link) was huge in this modern Classic Twins Game of The Week. It was spectacular. It brought to mind the past glories of a Harmon Killebrew, bashing a big fly just before the All Star break in 1965. And it was hit off the Chicago Stinking White Sox' best reliever, Matt Thornton, in the 10th inning, nobody out, with one strike, to drive in Delmon Young to give the Twins a 7-6 victory! And it gave lefty reliever Ron Mahay a cheap victory, who came in to get out the last Sox hitter in the top of the 10th after Chicago tied the score. The Twins went up four games over their division rival with this win. Boo-yah!
Speaking of nuggets: it took a lot of them for partial closer and complete knucklehead Jon Rauch to give Thome a shaving cream pie in the face (see stupid baseball player pranks) during a post game interview.
And again, from another angle, with more of humble Jim discoursing on his exploits...
Probably a lucky thing for Rauch that Big Jim didn't relieve him of his head from his shoulders after that stunt!
For another day...
AS AN ADDED BONUS, THIS VIDEO FROM THE JUNE 28TH GAME AGAINST DETROIT...JIM THOME HITTING HIS FIRST TRIPLE SINCE 2004!!
May YOUR taters fly far too!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
|Despite the resulting argument by Ranger's Manager (and |
former Twin Ron Washington, middle, in cool shades) the
Rangers were the unfortunate victims of the baseball rule book!
Under baseball rule 7.09, "It is interference by a batter or runner when, in the judgement of the umpire the base coach at third base, or first base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists him in returning to or leaving third base or first base."
Third base umpire Alfonso Marquez immediately called runner Young out, even though it appears to be incidental contact. Does that constitute "assisting" the baserunner? Doubtful, but it amounts to a nice, early Christmas gift to all of us in Twins Territory...I think it's a GREAT RULE, therefore! Thus, the ruling held, giving the Twins a three game sweep of the Western Division leading Rangers! Great timing as the Twins' nearest rival, the Chicago Stinking White Sox, won their 6th consecutive road game out of a ten game swing. The Twins currently hold a 3.5 game lead in the American League's Central Division.
Great day and weekend, as the Twins celebrated their 50th Anniversary in the American League, culminating in the hilarious Twins "Legends" game that preceded the contest. Videos and photos of the same will folow!
May Your Taters Fly Far!