Minnesota Twins

If I had a dollar for every person who’s asked me, “What are the Minnesota Twins doing?” I’d have $14.

This much I know for sure:  Former General Manager Bill Smith was asleep at the wheel and basically drove this franchise into the ground.  And now current General Manager Terry Ryan is trying to resuscitate it for the upcoming year (doubtful) and for the long haul (promising).

One thing Ryan knows is minor league pitching talent.  Any decent Twins fan can run through a lengthy list of pitchers Ryan plucked from other organizations as minor leaguers.  Ryan’s history of staying at minor league baseball games for the entire nine innings is legendary.

So in Terry Ryan I trust.  He will rebuild the pitching staff with one eye to next year and the other to the years beyond.  He’s done it before and I suspect he’ll do it again.  And keep in mind that I’m really down on this organization right now.  But with February looming, hope springs eternal.

The Yankees Want Instant Replay

Interesting.  Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants replay now.  But he didn’t want it in 2009.  In 2009, the Minnesota Twins were playing the Yankees in the ALDS.  In the 12th inning of a scoreless game, Joe Mauer hit a ball to left field that bounced off Melky Cabrera’s glove and landed six inches inside the line (above photo).  Left field umpire, Phil Cuzzi, was standing five feet from the play and ruled it ‘foul’.  Cuzzi, who remains one of the worst umpires in all of baseball, was the only person in the world who thought the ball was foul.  The Yankees went on to win the game 2-0.

I don’t recall Girardi whining about instant replay that night.  If you want instant replay, you want it across the board, not just when your team has a call go against them.

Mark my words:  Additional instant replay will be used by Major League Baseball by the start of next season.  And we will all know the reason why.

Random Thursday on a Friday

*There’s not much better than an 80 degree day in September.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Red Sox Daughter, on today, her 18th birthday!

*I find it fascinating that people are far more outraged with football officiating than gas prices.

*If the Vikings win in Detroit you can then consider me a believer.

*Can someone remind me why the Twins got rid of R.A. Dickey?

*Bonus Reggie Tales shout out to Ryan and Brittany as they enter into wedded bliss tomorrow.  I wonder why it’s called bliss?  Bliss sounds like a bad thing.

Random Thursday

*Doesn’t it seem strange that A.J. Pierzynski is better than Joe Mauer?

*Speaking of the Twins:  I’m of the opinion that Francisco Liriano is going to have a very good finish to his season.  And the Twins got nothing in return.

*Recently my other job has been getting in the way of this job.  Hopefully things will get better.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Heather in Minot.

*When swimmers are swimming can they hear the crowd?

Random Thursday on Friday

*I’d like to be a roadie for the Zac Brown Band for one month.

*My summer movie hopes now rest on “Moonrise Kingdom.”  Bill Murray and a cast of thousands.

*I saw a story yesterday that mentioned that the Twins are considering trading Josh Willingham.  That sounds about right.  Minnesota hasn’t had a power hitting right handed batter since Kirby Puckett, so we’d better unload him now.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Mary Ann in New Brighton.


Catching Up

A lot has happened since we last talked:

*Rob Lowe’s Oklahoma City Thunder are one game away from losing the NBA Finals.

*I went to a Twins game at Target Field in Minneapolis, and, of course, they lost.  I’ve been to fifteen games at the new stadium and I think Minnesota has won four of those games.  Four.  When they played in the Metrodome, I rarely saw them lose a game.  The question remains, is this my fault?

*One positive came out of the Twins loss to Philadelphia:  I had a Murray’s Steak Sandwich.  It was incredibly good and tender.  And I was able to take the picture below.  To get the full effect, click on it.  I think I’m going to make a print of it, frame it, and hang it in my office.

Twins Thoughts

*Why is Derek Jeter a better baseball player than Joe Mauer?  Why can’t Mauer hit a three run home run when the Twins are down by two in the 8th?

*I’d also like this explained to me:  If Derek Lowe is such a great pitcher, why didn’t the Twins try sign him?

*Brandon Inge was available for next to nothing.  But the Twins passed on him too.

*On a positive note, I haven’t watched an entire Twins game this year.  I have suddenly discovered more hours in the day.  Sometimes during commercial breaks of NHL Playoff games, I will flip over to see if Minnesota is trailing 5-0 or 7-1.



Random Thursday

*The news of the Bronze Boot closing its doors was shocking.  And bizarre.  The question now is, will it ever reopen?  The Boot opened in 1954, the same year my parents were married.

*I really hope Minnesota can get this Vikings stadium taken care of.  It’s been a long time coming.

*It’s amazing to think that last year Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter.

*True story:  It’s Spring Clean Up Week in Grand Forks.  I threw away a completely rusted out Minnesota Twins garbage can (insert your own joke here.)  When I returned to my garbage pile 10 minutes later, it was gone.

*The Minnesota Lynx have assembled and are beginning their defense of their WNBA Championship.  I might be getting season tickets with C Kuz and Jimmy From Accounting.  We are looking for a fourth.

*Reggie Tales shout out to James in Marshfield Mass.

Random Thursday

*Last night following the Twins win over the Yankees, Fox Sports North announcer Anthony Lapanta said the game “had a late season feel to it.”  Hey, I might be the biggest Twins fan in the world, but that has to be one of the most preposterous statements of 2012.  I really hope The Common Man was listening.

*Good luck to Red Sox Daughter, Blonde Daughter and the entire Grand Forks Central Girls Tennis team as they head to West Fargo today to take on the Packers in an East Region showdown.

*It’s been 15 years since the Flood of ’97.  It’s strange, but I can remember certain aspects of it like it was yesterday.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Gary in Wannaska.

Random Thursday

*I’m considering starting a Twitter account.  If I do, it will be the largest collection of irrelevant observations ever assembled.

*While in D.C., we witnessed who we believed to be a homeless woman punch a complete stranger in the back of the head while standing on a street corner in the middle of the day.  Unprovoked.  I was so shocked that I didn’t know what to do.  The crazy woman walked away shouting obscenities while the victim’s husband tried to detain her.  He finally gave up.  It was so bizarre that it left Jimmy From Accounting speechless, which is difficult to do.

*Speaking of JFA, doesn’t it seem strange to anyone that he took time off during his “busy” season?

*I’m actually surprised at how good Kevin Love of the Timberwolves has turned out.  If they could get another player to complement him they could make the playoffs next year and for years to come.

*I’ve decided that the Twins don’t have nearly enough pitching to compete.  I foresee them losing a bunch of games 9-5.

*Reggie Tales shout out to Claire in North Carolina.  I hope you had an awesome birthday!