*Justin Morneau has missed four games in a row with the flu.Â I’m not debating whether or not he actually has the flu.Â What I want to know is how did Cal Ripken Jr. play 2,632 games in a row, more than 16 seasons IN A ROW without missing a game due to the flu?Â I follow baseball very closely.Â Probably too closely for my own sanity.Â But can you imagine Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees missing four games because of the flu?Â The newspaper scrutiny ALONE would have him back in the lineup after one game.
*Matt Tolbert.Â Are you kidding me?Â He’s a younger, less talented version of Nick Punto.Â He’s Punto 2.0, which means he’s also cheaper.Â True story:Â I told veteran newsman Charley Johnson yesterday that he had better range than Matt Tolbert.Â Charley didn’t disagree.
*Bert Blyleven.Â I realize you are employed by the Twins.Â I get that.Â But please, please try to be even a little objective.Â If (insert starting pitchers name here) gives up five runs in the first two innings and then goes on to pitch four scoreless innings, that DOES NOT make them a “battler” or “gutsy” or a “winner.”Â What it means is that the other team feels like they have enough runs to beat the Twins and are tired from running around the bases.Â I could write an entire blog about Blyleven’s preposterous statements but I would hate to rip off radio icon Dan Cole.
*Michael Cuddyer.Â $10.5 million this year.Â It was great to see that first RBI last night.
*Alexi Casilla.Â I’ve decided that he doesn’t really understand the game of baseball.
*I’m one of the Twins biggest fans.Â A week ago I convinced myself that they would be ok.Â Now I’m not so sure.Â They seem “soft” to me.Â I will give Gardy until the All-Star Break to straighten this mess out.
*Reggie Tales shout out to Warren in Warroad.