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Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Rays Away...

*It's unfortunate that Nick Blackburn had to endure a similar loss in his final game of the season as he did in his first game of the season.
*It's unfortunate that the gross Chicago White Sox are going to the playoffs and not us, because of 1 stupid run.
*It's unfortunate that I am really saddened that baseball season (to me) is officially over (as of Tuesday)...when the Twins are done, I don't really pay too much attention, other than find out who won the World Series.
*It's unfortunate that AJ Pierzynski is such a jerk and couldn't have dropped that ball when Michael Cuddyer stupidly plowed into him.
*It's unfortunate that AJ didn't get hurt when Cuddy plowed into him.

On a lighter note:

*It's GREAT that Jason Bartlett gets to go to post season this year. We (meaning me) like Jason Bartlett and are SO happy for him...even though he's with another team this year.
*It's great that Matty Garza gets some love and gets to see what "post season" means...and knowing how his team got there.
*It's great that Evan Longoria is nice to look at. It won't make me irritated if I watch any of the playoff games, because even though AJ and Co. are disgusting to look at...Evan makes it all better. Add Jason to that mix, and I'm set.
*It's great that Bartlett played so well in the field that the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America named him the team's MVP despite the shortstop driving in only 36 runs and scoring just 45 runs.
*It's great that Matt Garza won 11 games this year. (some of which were even home games for Tampa Bay)
*It's great that The Rays drew crowds of 30,000 or more on 23 occasions (winning 21 times). That makes for good hope for first round play offs!

I think I need to change a poster I made for the Twins-Rays series (back in May?)...it said "Not a Rays fan (with Devil crossed out) but a Bartlett fan." Today, and until the end of post season. I am officially a Rays fan.

Now, I am off to count down the days until Twinsfest...approximitely 120 days and counting (give or take a few, depending on when the dates of Twinsfest actually are this year). It should be a blast this year.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Pig Pile on Casilla!

(Above picture is my view from the cheap seats out to the crowd of 43,000+).
All I can say, is that I'm glad I decided to use the Twins as a distraction for Thursday night. I don't regret it. It was such an amazing night and a phenomenal win, I couldn't have asked for a better game! (Well, on second thought...I wouldn't have minded Kevin Slowey not getting hurt and taken out in the 4th.) I secretly think that the sign I made brought the Twins luck. My friend and I flashed the sign during the end of every half inning! We tired ourselves from sitting and then standing by the time we were done. It was worth it. The Twins needed our positive attitudes.

I wish I would have gotten a picture of Go-Gomez, and Span piling on Casilla. I did however enjoy the picture of Nicky and Joe. It almost looks like it's a moment we shouldn't interrupt.
Wow. So I think that when I tell the boys that I don't accept anything but wins, that they know I mean it. So boys...just a friendly reminder about this upcoming series against the Royals. I ONLY accept WINNING! Let's keep kicking Chicago while they are down...and boy they must be down after that come-from-behind win that the Twins stuck to them.

It was so loud in the Metrodome last night during the 7-10 innings, that I had to yell (almost at the top of my lungs) just to talk to my friend who was sitting right next to me. I don't think I've ever heard it that loud in there before (minus a couple concerts and the volume of the music being louder.) It was such a cool experience and just downright fun that I am very happy I went.
Plus as an added bonus I got people around me to do the "Who Hates AJ?" response with me. (response being "We hate AJ!!") And look...this picture makes me think that AJ even was cheering (against him) with us! AJ even hates AJ!
Here are some of the reasons (10 to be exact) why I hate AJ:

1. He's AJ. Enough said.
2. "But, you know what, we get them tomorrow, these first two games don't really matter. So our goal is to win tomorrow, and we'll move on." --AJ (after Wednesday nights game)
3. "We have to look at it like we are tied." (AJ on the Central race standings...fyi AJ: THE TWINS ARE IN 1ST PLACE!)
4. He's AJ
5. He's so arrogant, you just want to throw balls onto the field in hopes of hitting him by a pitch (good job, Kevin in clocking him with the ball! As much as I didn't like putting him on base, I liked seeing him get hit by the pitch. It was like the Rincon hitting Torii all over again. Made me happy.)
6. He's still AJ
7. Because he thinks he's cool with bleach-blond hair.
8. His bleach-blond hair
9. "I don't think they hit one ball hard and got three runs. It's pretty funny, but you know, that's the way it goes." (AJ on getting beat by the Twins)
AND #10 REASON....

10. HE'S AJ!

Okay, so I found some pictures to share...a few I find funny...for various reasons. This one of Go-Gomez (who was on FIRE last night)...I could see him making this face from my seat in the cheap seats...section 200 (look it up if you don't know where that is in relation to home plate).
I was kind of confused why the BFF's did this?! Did they just want to hold each other a little bit. It was pretty funny how in sync they were with their jump and the arm raises though. It almost look choreographed. Sadly, it probably wasn't.
On my last note...I was very impressed by the bullpen last night. They really came through for us and brought back the old school bullpen that I had been missing so much. I will admit, I cringed when Reyes and Crain got brought in, but they proved me wrong (at least last night) and got the out (Crain, not without a couple base hits that got me worried). I was super happy I got to see extra Joe Nathan...and Joe Nathan kicking White Sox ass and shutting them down. Boof, I will admit even did really well. I was mildly entertained though because he pitched to AJ (everyone booed AJ every time he was up...). It was kinda of confusing though...I wasn't sure if people we continually booing AJ...or if they were BOOOFing it. Guess I'll never know. Or could just assume it was boos for AJ. :)

Tonight is the start of the Royals series. Remember, boys. Wins are the only thing acceptable.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Heat Is On

I feel that way too, boys. I am very pleased with the win again last night. It was killer and very necessary. What a nice throw by Brendan Harris to Justin at first! Who knew he had such a rocket of an arm? Maybe we should put him in left field...it'd be like Cuddy for left. Another nice grab by Brendan too on the pop up...I watched as the Twins fan almost nabbed that ball right before it went into Brendan's glove. Did he not realize how pissed off Brendan would have been if he would have gotten in his way?! Granted, it still would have been an out for fan interference, but still. I like legitimate outs...not crap call outs.

Good job to Mr. Nick Blackburn for pitching like we all know he pitches and making some great outs and just being you. I am very proud of how he did last night, though I will admit that I was nervous before the game started with how his last few outings had went. He showed me that I had nothing to be nervous about.

Joe Nathan...ahh...I love that man. He almost always (usually it's when I'm watching) gets at least one runner on base. I know secretly that he's just allowing me to see his beatifulness longer and just be dazzled by him. I love him for that.

I was even very proud of Boof last night. I blame it on all the adrenaline I have pumping right now, but whatever the case, I am proud of him too. He did good!

I find it funny how Craig Breslow kind of kept below everyone's radar for so long because he was quite frankly mediocre when he came in relief, but lately he's been on fire and trying to steal the show for the bullpen. He's on fire and he wants everyone to know and see it.

It is sad though, that Jesse Crain and Dennys Reyes are at the same place they were on my liking list 2 years ago. I cringe when they come in, and moan every time. It's not right. I thought we were beginning to see eye to eye. Guess I was wrong. Who knows, there still is time for them to redeem themseleves and prove me wrong. So Jesse, Dennys, bring your best to test!!

Well on a fun note, I am going to the game tonight, and will be also sporting my new magnificent sign. My friend and I spent 2 hours last night on it (I probably worked on it for 3 hours total) and I am very happy with our results to display (hopefully in front of the White Sox's dugout). Here are the pictures from the process.

Before any of the glitter and glam...
My friend hard at work coloring in letters...

Coming along...

Kitty wanted some fun too! it was humorous.
Final product. I am proud.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Like Making Up!

I was so happy last night to learn that the Twins and I are no longer fighting. It was such a great feeling! I was incredibly proud of Timmy for doing such an amazing job shutting down the White Sox. Did anyone else see the look on Ozzie's face when he knew they had been defeated by the Twins (late in the game)? His look was priceless! It made me laugh...especially because of what he thought he could get away with last time his team was in town. I don't think so Ozzie!
If you didn't get a chance to watch the game, you missed an amazing play by Scott Baker. He had the ball popped up to him...it fell out of the tip of his glove, but he managed (before it fell to the ground) to catch it with his bare hand. I thought for sure that play would beat Kubel out for highlight reel worthy, but I'm not finding any video of it yet on ESPN, so that has yet to be determined. Here it is on MLB/Twins site.

I completely 100% called Kubel's first home run last night. When he came up to bat, I told him to make my cousin proud and get a home run. I told him, to make his career stats against Vasquez 3-22! And then with that next pitch, he clocked it out of the park. Dick and Bert were like "and he just got it over the baggie"...no, he got it WELL over the baggie in right field! Crazy kids.

Tonight, while listening to the game (hopefully finding some way to watch it again), I will be making a "cheesy high school Homecoming pep rally style" sign for the game on Thursday per Katie from Those Girls' request. It is going to be bad-ass and I need everyone to look out for me on TV. My goal tonight is to find pom poms to put on my sign...but I'm thinking 2 poster boards wide will be about the size. I hope my friend doesn't mind holding up the other end of the sign, because frankly, she doesn't have a choice! :)

I knew you had it in you boys. You did so well last night, and I am incredibly proud of all of you! Tonight, lets show those Sox who is boss! Take them down! Kubel took the beating last night, so that Justin, Joe, Cuddy, and others could be in the spotlight tonight and be powerhouses over the White Sox. Our MVP, and Batting Champ will ROCK YOUR SOX OFF! (yes, I know, I'm a nerd and super cheesy.

Make sure to watch the video of Timmy's catch. Now...some pictures. (Captions below)

I just thought this was a cool shot. Thanks, Kubs!
DIVE! wait...is he trying to prove he can do a 1-handed push up?! It really was a great catch too!
If you can see Justin's face...the first guy in from the left...it's hysterical! Apparently, Young's home run was a "jaw-dropping" experience. Literally.

Okay...now I know these won't be the best...but you can see some screen caps of the catch...

He gloves it...

Bobbles it...
And bare hand catches it!

I LOVE Timmy! :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I've decided that I'm not going to let the Twins fight with me. I'm taking back over my love that we share and they are going to win! I really like wins. Especially if like tonight, it means beating the White Sox! Boys, it'll be really great to sweep the Sox.

I feel a little bit bad, during the Rays series, on the third game, I got mad at Jason Bartlett. He wasn't listening to me anymore and he was getting hits, and making really good plays. Basically, he was not helping the Twins out at all, so I told him that we were fighting. I think he's learned his lesson and probably doesn't like fighting with me anymore. He got an error in that game, and then he got benched on Sunday. He was not supposed to do good. Not against his former team. And definitely against Kevin Slowey. That was just wrong.

I thought that I was done attending games for the season, when my free tickets ran out, but I couldn't resist the pull of the pending series against the Sox, so I broke down and got tickets. Plus I figured I needed to see Kevin Slowey once more in action before the season ended (since I know, even with playoff possibilities, I most likely wouldn't be able to go to any post-season games as much as I would want to). So I will be in attendance for my final game for this year on Thursday. Who knows, maybe there will even be a few tears shed as I know the season for baseball is almost behind for this year. It's sad to think about...but it also makes me look forward to Twinsfest in the winter!

TONIGHT: Scott "Timmy" Baker faces off against those Chicago White Sox. I have faith that Timmy will pull through for us! I wish I could be at all these games, but I know I can't. I am here for you though boys! And I'll be cheering loudly from home for you to beat those White Sox dirty!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Are We Fighting?

So I'm beginning to wonder if the Twins players are fighting with me, and I don't even know it. They haven't been winning to the teams that we all know they can beat, and they are starting to look slightly pitiful. Our pitchers should be going deep into the games (since it's so late into the season), but they are not. My mother's theory is that it's because they haven't ever had to pitch this long (into the season) or this much. Maybe she's right. I'm not sure...but it just feels like lately, they don't like me as much as they did earlier in the season. When I'd turn on a game and they would start coming back and take the game over to win it. It was awesome and amazing. I loved every minute of it.

Boys, I'm sorry. For whatever I did. I know, I turned on football on Monday night (hey, it was a really awesome game, so I'm glad I watched it) when you were still facing the Indians. I know, I turned off Kevin Slowey pitching, and opted to watch football (a sport I have never...before this year...been into.). No the football players were not as cute as you, but I didn't care who won that game. I just wanted my fantasy players to do good. Again, I'm sorry. I don't want to be fighting with you boys. Please, let's just make up.

Good job last night with the come from behind win. I was very very impressed, consider Evan Longoria got 3 home runs, and you were playing the very hot Tampa Bay Rays. I did get mad when Jason Bartlett (who knows better) got a hit. He's not supposed to do good against us. I love him still and want him to do great, just not against us.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. With the boys not winning, and me feeling like it's my fault, I've been not-so-inspired to write about it. It depresses me. Shiny new football has abducted me and taken me hostage. I do still love all the boys on the Twins (even those new guys who I say "who the hell is that?" when they come onto the screen.) Yes, I love you all boys!! Keep baseball season around longer for all of us! Otherwise withdrawl comes far too fast and sucks to have to bear until March when only Spring Training starts. Don't give up on us yet boys...we're not giving up on you!

To anyone who reads this insane post: Thanks for not having me committed. I know I sound a little fruity...I think it's lack of wins and lack of caffiene in my system.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Blah Hum-Bug!

Okay, so I have been in such a crap blogging mood lately. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the Twins haven't been winning much as of late. It's mega depressing. I was excited for the win we got on Friday night (which I witnessed in person, so yes, it really did happen) and I thought we were going to have a win Saturday as well, but once again, the bullpen failed us and we crapped out. I even made a comment I NEVER make on Saturday night, I said, "I want Boof in!" That never comes out of my mouth.
Well the good news of the blogging-woes, I have a great story from after the hideous game on Saturday. I attended the KTIS Faith and Family night post-game concert. I figured they'd have a couple players again this year that would talk (the had Lew Ford, and Matthew LeCroy last year)...I didn't have too high of hopes (because of who they had last year). In the back of my mind, I figured Scott Baker would be there, because I know he's a Christian and when I asked what he does before he pitches, he said that he prayed. Well, low and behold besides Scott Baker, Adam Everett was there (which I sort of felt a tiny bit bad about booing him the night before...I'm not his biggest fan)...but then much to my surprise and excitement, KEVIN SLOWEY was also there. They all spoke about their faith, which was mega cool. I have video of Scott Baker and Kevin Slowey talking (see videos I'm attaching).
It was also cool that Scott Baker (his wife, and little boy Elijah) and Kevin Slowey also stuck around to hear Matthew West. They get bonus points from me. I didn't think it was possible for me to like them more. I was wrong.

Videos wouldn't upload here, so I put them on Youtube...i'll post links soon!
Kevin Slowey faith story
Scott Baker faith story

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Call in the Reinforecements!

Okay, I was all excited about the game last night, when we had the lead going into the 5th inning and we were playing well. Delmon Young and I were even getting along (which doesn't happen all that often). And then...the long balls haunted Glen and the bullpen (::cough::Boof::cough::) couldn't pull us out of the 1 run lead we lead with. Unfortunately our bats were silenced after 4th inning...no coming from behind for us last night.

Here I was thinking that it was because I watched games that they won. During the Oakland series, I watched the Kevin Slowey game (Friday's game) and the Scott Baker game (Sunday's game). Both games the Twins won, scoring 12 runs in each of the games. It made me feel good about myself, and like the Twins honestly needed me to win the games, when the other two games against Oakland, they lost 3-2 each night. Coincidence? I think not! But then, last night, WHILE I WAS WATCHING...the bullpen (Boof) blew the game. So much for taking first place back over. Now we are just still tied for first.

TONIGHT: Mr. Nick Blackburn goes up against Toronto's AJ Burnett. Maybe I'll have to muster up the "who hates AJ?" cheer again (yes I know it's a different AJ, but it works nonetheless.) Nick, I WANT A WIN FROM YOU! It's Toronto, you know you can beat them. Leave the losses for teams who actually are better than you, and when you don't really need the wins. Right now, we NEED the wins. We need to blow Chicago out of the water so that they don't have a chance of making post season. How great would it be for the Twins (the baby team that they are) to make post season? AMAZING! (Bandwagoners: Jump on now!)

Pictures from the game should come after the weekend. I'll be in attendance for both Friday and Saturday's games. Looking forward to beating stripes off Detriot Tigers.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Fond Farewell

I was amazed yesterday when the Twins actually pulled through for a win. It wasn't easy (which it should have been. Again, I stress...it was Seattle that we were playing Oy!) "Everyday Eddie" looked like he caught the Rincon bug, until Denard Span made a Cuddy play and got the runner out at home. Denard, I am very proud of you. I know you are trying to make me, and everyone else, forget about Michael Cuddyer, but I'm sorry I won't! I do miss Cuddy, but I do also like Denard. It can't hurt to have another amazing arm in the outfield.

I have pictures as promised...I figured we needed a tribute to the addition, and the two losses.

We'll start with the positive first...the addition:

Everyday Eddie...well maybe not "everyday" yesterday.
Now...we count our losses.
Mark Hamburger. I will honestly miss you. I've never personally known anyone who got traded, until now. Tell Josh Hamilton hello! Ooh..and CJ! Hmm...maybe my pull with a baseball player can land me CJ now. Pondering that.

Mike Lamb. Most of the time I did like you. Sorry things didn't work out.
I'm happy that Glen has become a great starting pitcher this year. Especially with having to start the year in Rochester (AAA) and having to cling on to your roster spot when other pitchers got healty to play again. Thank you for not sucking and for the win yesterday. We needed the ego boost. I can't stress enough that it was only Seattle that you boys were playing. I'm glad we could at least take ONE game. But please, Brian Buscher, don't look SO excited. When you beat the White Sox again, this kind of excitement is required. But for now...simmer down a little, please. You're just annoying me.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Boy Losing is Depressing!

Okay so I've been on a major blogging low. Partly because of the Twins losing 4 in a row (before today) and also because of Everday Eddie coming back. I like that we got him back, don't get me wrong...but I'm actually sad about who they gave up to get him. I know Mark Hamburger so it's very bittersweet return of Eddie for me!

I'm hoping Perks can pull through for us today and not make us look like the young team that we are, but rather the team that doesn't lose to the lowest teams and doesn't want to be in a penant race. Boys, I'd like to see you win the division this year...especially after everyone thought you'd be where the Royals are right now. Wins!! That is all I am going to accept from now on!

I'll try to get on again tomorrow and write about todays game. I'm hopeful to report a win, but who knows! Pictures will come soon too! I promise. For now I will bid you all farewell and a fond farewell to Mr. Mike Lamb! I will miss you (occasionally).

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It Had to Be Bass

I am a little disappointed that the Twins outrighted Brian Bass to make room for Casilla. I want Casilla back, but I don't really want to lose Brian Bass. WE NEED BULLPEN HELP, and they get rid of a bullpen guy. It's not like he's faired like Matty has lately (don't get me wrong, I love Matty G.) So now, we have to go for 12 days with only 11 guys in the bullpen. I know that they have options on the 40-man roster to call guys up when the rosters expand on September 1st. Here are their options: Julio DePaula, Philip Humber, BOBBY KORECKY, Jose Mijares, and Oswald Sosa. Other than Korecky, who is any good? Who have we had a chance to see in the major league? NO ONE! Wow, great plan Bill Smith. Great plan. (Oh and even if Brian Bass accepts the outrighted assignment to Triple-A, he's not on the 40-man roster.)

So we won again yesterday, which at some points in time in the game, was a bit surprising! Liriano wasn't up to snuff, and seemed a bit shaky. A lot of balls (no pun intended) were thrown, and he couldn't make it past the 5th inning because he had already thrown 100 pitches. Sure, we had the defense (minus the 2 errors), but shouldn't this "star" be able to get people out faster than he was? I know, I know, everyone has their bad days...but everyone kept wanting Liriano back because he's such a superstar. I'm still waiting to see that. He still needs to win me over.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Share the Love!

Okay, so I'm all for winning! I love the win we got last night. What a way to look absolutely amazing! I was very proud of Kevin for getting a career high 12-strikeouts. He was on fire! They were talking on the radio that if Gardy kept Slowey in for the 8th and 9th, that he could possibly blow Santana's high record out of the water. Too bad Gardy wasn't listening to Dazzle and John. I would have liked to have seen Kevin demolish the 17 strikeout record.

But as I sat listening to the game, I couldn't help but think to myself: How is it that we can pummel the A's for 13 runs tonight, but yet last night (Monday) we couldn't manage to do any more damage than 2 runs? Was it because Adam Everett played in that game (most anyway)? Was it because Delmon Young played in that game (pretty sure he did anyway)? I'm not sure, but whatever it was, they need to not repeat that mistake for today's final of the series against Oakland (here).

I was reading today how Casilla is likely to come off the DL either in time for today's game or for the 14-game road trip that starts tomorrow in Anaheim. Who will the Twins demote in order to make room?? Do you get rid of Randy Ruiz, who has been on fire? WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT?
My vote: Adam Everett. Place him on waivers again, and set him for an assignment with Triple-A, or just flat out release him. It will benefit you in the long run. Punto and Brendan can share the love at shortstop. They both are exceptional at that position, plus (as sad as this is to say, but it is the truth), Nicky Punto is hitting better than Adam Everett anyway.

Adam Everett: .211
Mike Lamb: .236
Brendan Harris: .267
Nicky Punto: .275
Brian Buscher: .314
Randy Ruiz: .379

Seems clear to me who should go, and who should stay. Hell, Go-Gomez, who had (prior to the 2-run home run last night) had been on a 0-14 streak, is still even hitting .250.) Makes you wonder just how bad Adam Everett really is. (I do know that he had been out hurt for a while, and sucked big time before coming back. His average prior to coming back from the DL was .177.) I still vote for Everett.

I do know why the Twins lost on Monday night. To be completely honest, I forgot there was even a game on, until we turned on the TV and I go, oh yeah, I forgot the Twins were playing tonight. For that I am sorry boys. I vow to not forget about you guys again! (I'll try not to anyway). I turned it on though in the 8th inning, just before Denard Span got a hit, and they scored the two runs after I tuned in. Anyone else think that they may have won if I would have only tuned in sooner? I think so!

Okay now for some ridiculous fun... (captions below pictures)

Kubel and Buscher share an intimate moment...moments before their first kiss...
Honestly, I think this is the first time I've really seen Brian Bass smile. He has potential to be kinda cute. I feel dirty saying that.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Hail the Conquering Kubel

Oh Jason Kubel. I've never been his biggest fan, I don't really understand his appeal in my cousins eye. (She for some reason think he's cute.) But I will give HUGE props to Kubes for the needed 2-run shot yesterday and then the RBI double that allowed the Twins to tie the game (that I might add, the Twins were killing the Mariners in earlier in the game and I about cried when Seattle got the go-ahead run). I was so happy the boys could finally give Timmy some run support and kick Seattle's ass! :)

I can't wait for tomorrow's sweep of Seattle and the Navy jerseys being on non-cable channels for people like me to enjoy! Glen? You never seem to let me down and I know how much you like winning in the navy too! Go Glen!

Not much else to talk about...would have liked to have seen the double play Nicky Punto turned because it sounded like it was pretty spectacular...but if it was, it'll probably be on the highlight reels too!

All for now.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Chief...we're (not) sorry...

Okay, so I do feel a little bad for Carlos "Chief" Silva...he's got a record of like 4-13. Ouch...it's gotta hurt. He recently ripped up his teammates for sucking, but really no one made any bad plays on Seattle tonight...and the costly 2 runs that we scored were off a homerun by Kubel that Silva gave up. Sorry, Chief, but you can't blame anyone but yourself for that one.

I think we beat Seattle like we should be beating Seattle 9-3. It's only right to kill one of the worst teams in baseball. Everyone but Go-gomez got a hit tonight. Good job boys! I am very proud of you all! Boof and Brian Bass...good job! I am definitely proud of you too! You didn't screw us when we had such an awesome lead! :)

Okay no pictures because this is from my sidekick. I'll try to get on tomorrow with updates when "Timmy" Scott Baker faces against Seattle tomorrow afternoon! Please boys, give Timmy a lot of run support! I know you can do it! I have faith in you. So does Timmy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bonus Video...in honor of Baseball Unplugged tonight...

Yes, It's only a small snippet of them singing, but still well worth it.

Get The SUCK Out, Matty G!

Yes, Matty, we are as disappointed in the loss as you are. What happened to you? Did you feel like you needed to step into the shoes of Juan Rincon when he left us? I'm here to tell you, no, you do not need to fill the crap shoes. Let Boof or Brian Bass do that. They are capable of screwing things up.

The positive of last night: Giving Mariano Rivera, the closer with the best record this year, his first blown save, when Delmon Young hit an amazing (nearly foul) 3-run homerun to tie the game at 6. I about peed my pants when I was driving in my car. I think if anyone was watching me in the car(s) next to me on I-94, they would have thought I was "special" or worse. I was screaming and super excited. Had to even call to tell my mother she shouldn't have turned the game off because of what happened. I was all positive and thinking we would get a win out of this crap game after all. I was so hopeful, and then A-Rod came up in the 12th against Matty Guerrier. Poor Matty, he never saw that one coming.
Seriously, Gardy, after Matty gave up the go-ahead homerun blast by A-Rod, why didn't we see someone else come into the game? We may have felt we still had a fighting chance if we would have only had to make up 1 run...but 3?!? That's asking a awful lot of the boys. They already pulled that string in the game earlier.

I was a little depressed today when I looked at the Twins' site. The headline of an article read "Everett emerging as Twins shortstop". I'm sorry, I'm not a huge fan of Adam Everett. I liked the idea of Brendan Harris at shortstop. He was finally gaining confidence, and he was playing really well. Just because Adam Everett comes back and realizes that he sucks and no one likes him, so he needs to get hits and make good defensive plays, doesn't mean I want to keep him. I still vote for him to be shipped off somewhere other than MN. Even if Casilla isn't back...maybe the Twins need to recall Bobby Korecky, and give their bullpen a little extra cushion while Casilla is still on the DL. It seems like a smarter option. We still have options of players to use...Lamb, Harris, and Ruiz. Why do we need Everett?!
I will admit that he has been getting some timely RBI's in the past few games, but I don't know if it's enough to win me over. (Well I know it's not enough.) How does Gardy know that Brendan Harris couldn't have pulled off those RBI's? Did he give him a shot? NOPE.

So in other Twins news (non-game related): Brendan Harris, Brian Buscher are guests at Baseball Unplugged with Cuddy tonight. As much as I would love to go see Cuddy (cause I'm missing him so), I don't think I would want the embarrassment that would go along with running into Brendan Harris again...(me nearly spilling beer on him last Baseball Unplugged). I could live with the teasing, honestly I could, but I don't think my face would show so...I have a feeling I would turn bright red, and then have the possibility of repeating my klutz moments all over again. I am going to have to pass on this one. I'll miss the entertainment, plus it would have been nice to met Brian Buscher, but he will just have to wait. Next time, Brian Buscher! Next time.

TODAY: Kevin Slowey faces off against the Bronx bombers at 12:10. I'll try to get some updates on here as the game progresses. Kevin, I WANT A WIN. I WANT YOU BOYS TO WIN THE SERIES AND HAVE A SHOT AT GETTING BACK INTO FIRST!! YOU KNOW YOU LIKE FIRST PLACE!

FYI to everyone: I'm sick of the teeter-tottering that the Twins are doing with first place (in our division). I'm beginning to wonder if they really like winning...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Thank You Boston!

Dear Boston Red Sox,
for beating Chicago White Sox last night, and with our win, allowing us to come back into first place in our division. I know we screwed it up last time we had first, but this time we promise to be more careful with the division lead than we were on Sunday. It would have been nice if you could have won on Sunday so that we could have kept our lead, but we understand that you didn't want to get any further ahead on the Wild Card standings just in case we have to beat you out for that.


MN Twins
(specifically Adam Everett)

I was so happy on Friday night when Kevin Slowey got the win...although he got a little shaky in the 6th inning, Breslow was able to come in a save that inning (granted he only needed 1 out). I was happy when my not-so-favorite Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano came in to knock out KC and get a win...and the division lead. Only to have Adam Everett be Adam Everett on Sunday and suck, making a bad play that ended up being really costly, and also Mike Lamb who fielded a ball instead of covering his base like he should have. That was the moment I found myself saying "yep, you're definitely a third baseman, not Justin Morneau."

And even though I didn't get to watch a good portion of the game last night thanks to Monday Night Football (I know, it's preseason...tell the boys who have the cable this), I still got to see the great highlights and the fact that we won, while wearing the Navy jerseys I might add, and Glen Perkins can definitely be a proud papa! Thanks also to Alicia for giving birth just when we needed to pull through for a win...it gave Glen the extra oompf to take out the Yankees and blank them throughout the game. We appreciate you're help.

I have also figured out why Craig Breslow took the loss on Sunday...take a close look yourself...you'll see that there is some crap growing on his face that he should get rid of. And quickly. Craig, you are not Joe Mauer. You do not look hot with facial hair. Get rid of it!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Survival of the Fittest

A big congratulations goes out to Mr. Nick Blackburn for being the Burn to survive in yesterdays game. I knew he had it in him. To be quite honest, I listened to the part of the game that was on during my time at work (so until 5pm) and then in my 5 minute drive home I forgot about the game, and didn't remember again about it until they were in the bottom of the 8th inning (almost the end of the inning). I guess I couldn't put a whole lot of excitment in the win since it was against Seattle, and we still had to put up quite a fight to get that win. Kind of sad boys.
Boys, maybe you should rent a couple chick flicks and have a good cry. Chick flicks are good mood shifters. They make you sad when you're happy, and lonely when you're sad...and ultra happy when your happy. It's great! Get a good cry in, and then be ready to take on KC tomorrow.
You don't need to play MN nice with KC. Remember they got 2 games out of three against Chicago (thankfully!) and they also won 1 against Boston. We can't do anything about them being 11.5 games behind. They are not going to bring that up enough to matter to anything, so we might as well beat them. It's the MN nice thing to do. Be hungry for those wins and for crying out loud...give Kevin Slowey some run support so that he can get another win! You all know that he has a problem with those long balls. SUPPORT boys!

Okay, my rant is done for the day. I'm still crabby even after the win, but I won't vent any more.

OFF DAY today...maybe pictures or something fun tomorrow...who knows!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Meet the Burns

Blackburn vs. Washburn today. I don't know how much hope I have in the Twins to pull through with a win. I love my boys, don't get my wrong, but lately (at least the bullpen) is making me want to stick large pins under my fingernails. I think that would be more enjoyable than the losses we've suffered lately. The stats for the two starts are almost opposites...Blackburn 8-6, while Washburn is 5-10. It would appear to be an easy win, but nothing is easy in this series. Just when you think you have the upper hand, Gardy brings in the bullpen to blow us out of the water and destroy our chance.

Yes, Gardy, I am as upset as you are with our losses. STOP THE BLEEDING ALREADY! I read somewhere else (another blog) that they felt the Twins should get rid of Brian Bass, and bring up Korecky. I am all for bringing back Bobby Korecky. I like him; we're friends. I don't know if I am entirely in agreement about getting rid of Bass. I don't mind him all the time. Sometimes he makes me want to puke, but not nearly as much as a few others gone before him, and another who is still here. I'm sorry, Katie, I know Boof is your boyfriend...but some times, we just gotta let them go. I petition for Boof to be the one to go to make room for Korecky. Korecky is WAY more entertaining to watch in the bullpen than Boof. He at least does a potty dance.You may want to prepare yourself in case our wonderful Joe Mauer look-a-like, Nick Blackburn can not pull through for us and get the run support needed to not be swept by the Mariners. I think that would be more painful than Twins fans cheering for Boston or the Yankees when we play them.
I am in a crabby mood now just thinking of the craptastic losses we've encountered, wondering if I should even pull out my radio, dust it off, and listen to today's game (at 3:40pm). It will help pass the workday, but there is a slight chance it could put me in a worse mood than I already am in. I will debate this subject before 3:40 comes around. But for now, pug puppies for your enjoyment. They have the adorableness factor that the Twins are missing right now. Start winning again boys, and your adorableness may just increase exponentially!
How could you not love these little guys?!?! They are SO cute! The one is even sad about the Twins losing too. It'll be okay.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

WTF and then some...

So I should start by telling all about Thursday night debacle, and the hat trick that got Gardy suspended for a game. It was complete and utter ridiculous fun! It's always entertaining to watch Gardy getting pissed off and fly his arms around while he over exaggerates all of his motions, but after seeing him kick his hat, inspiring others (in the stands) around him to throw their hats in their anger too. Funny. Hats were flying everywhere, and people were extremely loud with their boos (on the horrible call). Everyone was getting really into it. And then Ozzie Guillen had to act like a two-year old and storm on to the field telling his team to quickly come into the dugout. It was dangerous. I mean, gosh, I'd hate getting hit with a HAT too. (I know there were baseballs and a nerf football that got thrown onto the field too, but only hats by the time Ozzie took the players off.) It was such a buzz kill when the PA announcer started to let everyone know that if we didn't stop (I never actually participated, just kept shouting hate cheers and booing the White Sox), the Twins were going to be forced to forfeit the game. THANK GOD people stopped because we made another magnificent come from behind win to kick the White Sox when they were down. It's fun beating the White Sox. I enjoy it.
We had the crazy ladies next to us, and a couple crazies in front of us, but I LOVE sitting by them. Secretly I don't think their water bottles (Twins water bottles nonetheless) have water in them...and I'd like to ask them for a taste some day. They enjoyed the chants that we came up with..."Who hates AJ?" responding with "We hate AJ!" every time AJ was up to bat. Booing Nick Swisher until we were blue in the face...and then once we started our come back doing a cheer that went something like this..."Give me an A" "A" "Give me a N" "N" "Give me a "A" "A" "Give me an L" "L"..."What's that spell?" "Coming from behind!" Let me tell you...a lot of people busted out laughing when we busted out those cheers...a "teamwork" cheer was used, also a "score". They are fun cheers. If ever the game is lacking, they sure do make for good entertainment. (If anyone wants to know how the other two go, just ask!)

I was so optimistic when it came to Kevin Slowey's day for pitching...I thought nothing was going to take us off of the great high we had obtained...and then the long ball happened...not once, but twice. Poor Kevin. It's not his fault. It's Nick Swisher's. (I have no one else really to blame, and he seemed like a great candidate). It was completely unfortunate that none of our bats could answer back to give Kevin the win.

I about hurled when I saw that Francisco Liriano was wearing the crap cut-off jerseys on Sunday. I screamed at the TV and said "NO!" I thought for sure I would be rid of those blasted things when they out-righted Livan Hernandez...but no such luck. The garbage jersey remains a "staple" in our rotation. Be careful, Francisco...I don't want to fight with you. Look at what happened to Livan when I fought with him. Obviously I won that fight! Next time, please just wear the regular jerseys. I have no problems with them.

Last night is where my WTF was shouted out this morning about...I was watching the game before going to bed (I had to work this morning, so sleep was necessary...I figured it was Seattle...we could beat the worst team in baseball). Oh my...when I turned on Sports Center this morning to learn that the Twins lost...and not by like a run or two, but 11-6 I was floored. I was also shocked to see that Matty Guerrier was the one who gave up a lot of the runs (probably not all were earned runs for him however). It was appalling to lose to Seattle. Apparently Matty's "Minnesota nice" was way too big of a factor last night during the game. He felt bad for Seattle and how much they lose...and just said, "Okay, here, take the win. We really don't need it anyway. We'll just beat you tomorrow and we'll still be ahead of the Sox." Matty...WE NEED EVERY WIN!! ESPECIALLY THE ONES AGAINST CRAP TEAMS!!!!

I have decided that my friend Jules is bad luck. They are only 1-4 in the games she has went to. Not good odds. I don't think I can take my chances anymore...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

We Are Fighting...

Livan Hernandez and I are officially fighting. It was bad enough to have to endure the pain of seeing the cut-off jerseys, but then, Livan lived up to all the woes from the fair weathered fans that surrounded me and sucked...big time. It was such a disappointment and such a boring game, that is until we made our own fun and pissed people off in front of us, because we were cheering for the Twins and Boof. Ah, gotta love people who don't like the fans that cheer. It was amusing.
It was fun booing Nick Swisher and AJ, but my ill-will toward Swish and Katie's good-will toward him must have cancelled out. I am willing to harbor good-will toward Swish if it'll make him do poorly tonight. He did at least manage to make himself look like a jackass once again when he ran full speed into the wall in right field. I could hear the thud from center field, so it had to hurt him. That makes me happy. I think he's just trying to stay on the webgems on Sports Center, which by the way, his dumb ass move did make it onto SC.
I was blinded when AJ reached third base and decided to take off his hat. At first my A.D.D. got a hold of me, but then when I realized what I was doing, I found out I could no longer see. AJ caused me temporary blindness, it was bad.

MY LINE-UP ADVICE FOR GARDY (Please change this for tonight's game):
1. Carlos "Go-Go" Gomez
2. Denard Span
3. Joe Mauer
4. Justin Morneau
5. Jason Kubel
6. Delmon Young
7. Mike Lamb (yes, I like Brian Buscher, but I think Mike Lamb deserves a shot every now and then.)
8. Brendan Harris
9. Nicky Punto
Pitching: Scott "Timmy" Baker.

I don't think it's fair to have Go-Gomez batting in the 9th spot any more. He seemed to be one of the few guys last night that grabed the reins and got a hit. Nicky was 0-3 last night with a walk. I wasn't too excited over his performance. I just don't think he's up to being the #2 hitter yet. He's getting better (especially since last year) but not up to par yet. He needs more time.

A useless random fact about the game...last night's attendance: 42,705. Actual fans: 10,000 (maybe), fair-weather fans who left in the 4-7th innings: 32,705.

Get aboard!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Boys, stop drinking the DL water!

Why is it that whenever we find someone who is awesome at a position, we lose them to the DL? I'm not saying Adam Everett was awesome at short, but people like Cuddy, Matt Tolbert, and now Alexi Casilla...with what else? A finger injury. Word of advise for the healty ones, don't take advice from those who have already hurt fingers as to how to slide into a base, make a diving catch, etc. They don't know what they are talking about!
I'm honestly sad that Casilla is on the DL. I think he's given our team a lot of good defense, and quite a bit of offense as well! He definitely is a changed man from the boy he was last year when he got the call up. I'm definitely impressed by the outstanding show he's put on this year.

I'm not going to lie, last night, I turned off the game when we were losing 4-0. The top of the inning where the Twins followed up with 5 runs at the bottom of the same inning. I was a little annoyed that they waited until after I stopped listening (because usually they win MORE when I'm listening), but I'll take the win, no matter how they got it.

It looks like the derby hasn't been affecting Mr. Morneau's swing this year, post-derby like it was last year. He's still hitting homeruns, still racking up those RBI totals! Good job, Justin. I'm proud of you! Just keep it up! I don't want to have to be fighting with you. It's not fun for me, and I know it wouldn't be fun for you either.

TONIGHT: I'm going to be in attendance at the game, seeing Livan Hernandez, yet again, most likely in the cut off jerseys. A old man I work with once told me that his favorite jersey was the "vest-type jersey". I about died. I couldn't express to this nice old man how much I despised those jersey and wished they would burn them...it would have just been too mean. Now if one of my friends told me they liked those, I would just tell them that they are an idiot. :) (nothing mean about telling your friends the truth. That's just called being honest.)

Okay time for a few pictures from the game last night. Enjoy and hopefully I'll be able to provide some pictures tomorrow from my game night tonight!

LIVAN: I expect to see a W next to your name tonight (post game), and hear you announced as the winning pitcher. If I have to bear the pain of the cut-off jerseys, then I NEED a win. No exceptions. Besides, wouldn't it be nice to be in first place? Yes, I did have to point out the obvious.

Little Nicky Punto plays leap frog with a White Soc? (Would that be what we'd call one White Sox player?) The White Soc apparently didn't realize that Nicky should be facing downward before he leaps over him. Silly White Soc.

Joe Nathan's "routine" fist pump after finishing yet another save. I love how much of a routine man he is. It humors me.

Mr. Mauer needs to look at least a little excited that they managed to score some runs. He still looks like a dirty pirate hooker. Silly Joe.

Here's my top 5 things I'm thankful for today:

1. Twins beating the White Sox
2. Justin Morneau kicking ass
3. Little Nicky Punto not sucking this year
4. Navy Jerseys
5. Kevin Slowey (yes, I know he didn't pitch last night, but I love him!)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Is There Something In The Water With The White Sox?

Seriously, wtf?...did AJ borrow Nick Swisher's dye? Or is he just trying to make the last of his Twins fan following (Those Girls) dislike him too so that everyone in MN hates him and wants to boo him?
On a much more serious and awesome note: Kevin Slowey did AMAZING last night. I was highly disappointed that this was one of the two games that Kevin has pitched and I have missed. I missed it in it's entirety, but did get to see numerous replays on ESPN. He was one of the top stories, which just about made me want to pee my pants in excitement. (Okay, maybe not that excited, but close enough.) Watching the replays and seeing Kevin come at Jermaine Dye, AJ, and others with pretty much the same pitch every time was to die for. I love being able to mock those idiots that though the Twins front office should promote Liriano and push Kevin back in the rotation, moving one of the others to the bullpen. RIDICULOUS! Hey, everyone has bad outings every once in a while. I mean look at JoJo! (Johan Santana) He didn't start off as the ace we've known him to be, but he's gotten back into better form to give the Mets a good run for a playoff spot (as of right now)...but there are times where he still loses games. NO ONE IS PERFECT. Kevin is damn close, however.
I've decided that the Twins don't like winning in the Navy when they are on the road, unless Glen Perkins is pitching. I'm pretty sure he's the only one who has won in the navy while on the road. Maybe home is the key to this equation. (HOWEVER: LIVAN, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR IT EVER!) I'm hoping for another win tonight, tomorrow (which I will be at, and OF COURSE see Livan), and then Thursday! We need to sweep sweep sweep those White Sox under the rug and kick some major ass! The ground we could gain on them would be amazing and really help us down the line.

Sisterhood of the travelling pants, anyone?

Joe, you are a dirty pirate hooker.

I'm debating going to the game on Saturday against the Indians (again). I like going to those games because of Shin-Soo Choo. It's fun to make Choo-Choo noises when his name gets announced. I fully entertain myself while doing this. Plus, others around you will look at you when you make the Choo-Choo noises, and laugh! It's entertainment at it's finest!! :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Here's The One Where I Compare...

Okay, I hate a huge dislike for Deter Jeter and everything Yankee related. Especially after we got brutally swept by such a disgusting team. One day when trying to avoid vomitting after seeing Derek Jeter on my screen, I noticed his eyes looked very familiar to me. I couldn't place it at first...a while later (and a few painful games more) it finally came to me. Derek Jeter looks like Lance Bass [from *NSYNC]. I decided to fight the pain of having to look more at Derek Jeter to make a comparision for everyone to see. Here it is:

I'm now waiting for when People magazine will have "I'm Gay" as the main headline, but Derek Jeter as the picture this time instead of Lance.

If anyone can't tell I'm not happy about another loss to the dreaded Bronx Bombers, but I am happy to be leaving The House That Ruth Built and never having to see it again.

The defensive plays that were made today were mediocre at best. We made some mistakes again that proved to be costly to our winning status yet again. Casilla failing to turn a double play, Young failing to field a ball without making an error. Ahh, gotta love having the young pups on the team. You know your team is young when you can see it in their ability to play the game like professionals. Today, we looked like a little league team that was just intimidated by the big bad Yankees. We were wetting our pants in fear and running scared.


Tomorrow is a day off. Boys, take some naps, get well rested. Cleveland and Grady Sizemore are waiting for us to come there and defeat them. Who knows, maybe you all will get lucky and have Juan Rincon pitch to you [at some point in the series]...you all know that he likes to give up a lot of runs.

I'll be MIA for a few days. A move is in process and the rest of the week and the weekend will be spent packing, moving, and then unpacking. I look forward to reporting back with WINS after the weekend. Lord knows we need some wins when we are going to be going into a home series against Chicago.

Third Time's A Charm?

I hope for Glen Perkins, and the Twins' sake, that my day goes better today, so that they have a chance to win. I blame myself for last nights horrific loss. I knew they would get ripped apart last night, but I hoped for a brighter outcome than the one that came.

I really wanted them to win, it would have made my really crappy day, somewhat better. How can one's day not get better when you have the combination of Kevin Slowey, Navy jerseys, and a Twins win?! That's the perfect combination to make an awful day better. But the universe was against me yesterday and was trying to do anything it possibly could to make my day suck. I'm so sorry, boys, I completely am at fault for this loss. (which is the only time I am going to take blame for a loss.)

I have a feeling that those wonderful Navy jerseys are going to be donned again today, which would make it three days in a row. I love the navy, and what I'm about to say may sound like I really don't, but here it goes: Glen, maybe you want to change things up a bit and try a different jersey for today. The navy doesn't seem to have the same affect on the Yankees as it does on other teams. You could ask Livan if you could borrow his (horrible) fashion sense and wear the cut-off jerseys. You guys seem to win for Livan in those, so who knows, maybe a win is in them for you too. You can go back to the navy after today, I promise! It is after all the last time you boys will see Yankee Stadium.

Those Girls have a great idea: Katie has offered to use her wonderful Twins hardhat to help tear down Yankee Stadium immediately. I'm all for using the [plastic] hardhats that we have at my work to help the demolition as well. Not sure if it will protect me, but that's a price I'm willing to pay for the boys*. [*to make up for their loss yesterday...it seems only fair]

I did like Little Nicky Punto's jumping throw to first base for the impressive double play the Twins managed to muster up.

Who ever said white men can't jump. They must not have known Nicky. Nicky, it was good to have you back in the lineup after another extended stint without you.

Crap trade rumor (idea) of the day [courtesy of my dumb ass brother]: Livan, Boof, and Cuddyer getting traded. That's what he thinks will happen. My rebuttle [to my mother, she by the way was the one to tell me of his dumb ass thoughts] was: Cuddyer just signed a contract in the offseason. But then my thoughts drifted back to Jason Bartlett [R.I.P. in Tampa]. I never thought he would be "trade bait" but I was wrong. I was very wrong, unfortunately. It's hard to pick a Twins favorite, because you never know when they might be the next on the Twins' chopping block. Guess we all oughta stick with Joe Mauer. He seems like the Kirby Puckett of this day and age.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Funny Old Lady Dancing...

This is the hillarity from my music festival I was at.

Two Hit Wonder...Wonder How They Won?

Two hits. That's all I've got to say. It's depressing to think that the boys couldn't muster up enough runs to over take the 1 run that Texas managed to score off of their two hits the entire time Scott Baker was in. Three total hits, if you count the one that Joe Nathan gave up in the 9th inning. We had just as many hits as they did, but did we get any that were run producing? NOPE. We left Timmy high and dry the entire game.

My mother tried to tell me that they scored all their runs on Saturday night when they slaughtered Texas and scored 14 runs. I told her she was wrong, that they would still be able to give Timmy enough runs for him to get a win, Timmy is a great pitcher. He's going to kick some ass. Sadly, I was wrong.

Hear that, Mom.


Thanks, boys, for helping my mom with getting me to admit when I'm wrong. I'll take the blame for the loss.

So I've decided that we should be able to have bad games/losses "Eternal Sunshined"* out of our minds. (*For those of you who don't know what this is in reference to; there is a movie called "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". They erase people's memories. Rent it and stop living under a rock.)

We shouldn't have to bare the pain of losses alone. We should be able to live in denial instead. It's much more fun!

TONIGHT: Nick Blackburn, I won't take anything other than a win from you. Go with your game face on and kick some Yankee ass! Show Sidney Ponson why Minnesota kicked him to the curb and let his sorry ass go. Same goes for the batters. Batters, your mission tonight (should you choose to accept): Take Sidney Ponson DOWN!

Pretty pictures of the day: CJ Wilson gets today. Sorry, boys. I still love you, but CJ is pretty, and the Rangers did beat you yesterday.
See...he's pretty.