A girls view of baseball...knowing the game, loving the game, and loving and appreciating the boys who play the game.

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Friday, May 30, 2008


These are for Emma! :)

This is a lot of "J" names in one picture...Joe, Joe, Justin, Jason.

Nicky Punto waving hi!

Brendan waiving back...

Me and Joe Nathan!

Dennys Reyes pitching...what's that in his pocket??!!

Justin trying to hit me and Emma with a foul ball!! BAD JUSTIN!!

Justin running after his hit...cheeks still poofed up!

Joe Nathan pitching...my favortie time of the game!

Joe...do you need someone to help clean you?!?!

Justin taking a big swing!

Jason making contact, but listening well to me and getting out!!

Jason watching his fly ball to right field!

Jason batting with Joe behind the plate!

Justin's big swing!

The pitchers weird "raptor" type baserunner check. Yeah, I think it's weird too!

Joe, stop looking at me...I'm looking at Jason right now!!

bittersweet day...

So it's a sad but happy day today. Kevin pitched AMAZING last night and got the great win, and everyone singing his praises. Bobby Korecky (I'm one for one on my predictions) got send back to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Craig Breslow. I have aquired more love for Kevin Slowey (if that's possible). I've decided he's funny too. My favorite quote of the night from him: "Sure, I would rather pitch a shutout, but it didn't happen that way," Slowey said. "If only we would have had someone fast in center field, I feel like he would have been able to run that down," the pitcher added with a laugh. (from the 'Trib and also during his interview on FSN.) Yeah, 'cause Go-Gomez is quiet possibly the slowest CF in the league. I think Kevin is taking one from Go-Gomez...trying to be funny like his quotes are.

So I decided to play, "Fun with Photos" today...(yes, I'm really bored and don't really want to work on this gloomy Friday.)

I'm very relieved that tonight, Glen Perkins opens the series against the Yankees. Yes, I know the Yankees are in last place and haven't been the best team lately, but honestly if it were Boof opening the series, I wouldn't be as hopeful for a win. He seems to struggle often which never makes me happy. I think he frequently needs hugs to get him through his outings, but I'm not so sure that Joe is going to be that willing to snuggle with him constantly. Plus I think the umps would have a problem with the pitcher and catcher ALWAYS snuggling with each other. They need to devise a plan to get him through Saturdays game unscathed.
And now...as promised: "You Know You've Been to Too Many Twins Games When..."

1. You can sing, word-for-word, the Hormel hotdog song.
2. You know what inning the Hormel hotdog song happens
3. You have (your own) nicknames for players
4. You have “rituals” for certain players
5. You know the players “rituals” when they come onto the field (i.e. Joe Nathan and the Gatorade cup)
6. You have been to so many games, you can’t even remember how many you’ve been to anymore.
7. You know where they players exit after the game, and how long it takes them to leave.
8. You know how to get a players attention.
9. You know the order of when the players come out to the field to warm-up/stretch.
10. You are a woman and are determined that a certain player is your future husband, even if they are married.
11. The players know you by your scream.
12. The players nudge each other and nod when they see you in the stands.
13. The players like “the team” if you are a woman.
14. You’ve made t-shirts on your own for your favorite player.
15. You make up your own terms for things. (i.e. “Nesheking it”)
16. You blame yourself for the player not doing well because you weren’t doing your “ritual” for them. (i.e. dimples or sideburns)
17. People take pictures of you when you are doing your “rituals”.
18. You hate the All-star game because that’s just three more days the players are out of town.
19. You know what kind of car the players drive.
20. You know the players license plate numbers.
21. You know what state the license plate is for.
22. You know which of the players are married, single, or have girlfriends.
23. People like you because you have loads of information they wish they had about the Twins.
24. Your co-workers want to go to games with you because of how crazy you act at games.
25. Your co-workers give you coupons for discounted tickets, or free tickets because they know how many games you go to.
26. People wonder if you know of any other sports besides baseball.
27. Your life revolves around home games.
28. You know what day a player was called up from triple-A to take a open spot in the roster.
29. You know the pitcher rotation.
30. You know how to cheat at “Twingo” and get more than 2 cards, but you still never win!
31. You teach young children to cheer for players, and what they need to do when that player is up to bat.
32. You make signs, not to get on tv, but to get noticed by the players.
33. You sit by a players family during the game, and you know it's their family by the resemblence.
34. You know the players entrance music and frequently sing it when they come onto the field (even when the music might not be playing).
35. You have a certain outfit that you wear so you don't bring bad luck to the team with a different outfit.
36. You notice when players do things differently than they normally do.
37. You talk to your radio or tv when you can't actually be at the game, because you know the pitcher needs you to talk him through his innings and some players need encouragement when they are up to bat.
38. You yell out the nickname you gave them when you see them rather than their real name. (ie: Me yelling "Patch" at Mike Redmond)
39. You call a certain section "your section" even though you don't actually have season tickets there.
40. You know the names of the batboys and the name of the catcher that warms up the bullpen, even though they are not on the roster. (ie: Ryan, the ballboy who is REALLY fun to cheer for and Nate Dammann.)
41. You bring kids with that are "14 and under" just so you can hae a way to get the giveaways that are for 14 and under only.
42. The people at the proshop know who you are and what section you sit in.
43. You know the promotion schedule, or at least when the "good things" are being given away.
44. You know what each day of the week is referred to, and what it means for you. (ie: Mega Mountain Dew Mondays)
45. You tell the players the "team" is cheering for them, and you don't actually mean the MN Twins.
46. You desire to be the bat girl, even though you think they only have boys and you're probably too old anyway.
47. You know when to do the "horns."
48. You want to work for the Twins, even if it means washing their uniforms or helping them stretch.
49. You know what inning "potty breaks' happen and what innings they return.
50. You change the words of songs to apply to Twins players...(ie: "Bingo" singing it as "Punto")
51. You play marco polo with the players while they are on the field to try and get their attention. (ie: one person yelling "Nicky" the other, or maybe even Nick himself yelling "Punto!")
52. You ask players what they like better, HoHo's or Ding Dongs, and they think you are joking when you ask.
53. You have a "homeboy" on the team...now only by default because your original "homeboy" is no longer a Twins player.
54. When you're not sitting in "your section", you still know which player is warming up in the bullpen.
55. People ask you who a player is because you know the team so well.
56. You make friends easily at Twins games (with men) because they are so impressed that you are a girl, and can top them at information about the Twins or just about baseball in general.
57. You always keep score, in fact, you bought your own scorebook to "save money".
58. You know where the best parking lot is!
Okay, it's still a work in progress, and I KNOW there will be more insanities added by the time this season is over, but that's okay!
Enough rambling...live view of the game is next Monday and now Tuesday (thank you radio announcers for being wrong and Kevin Slowey ACTUALLY pitching on Tuesday and not Monday). I'm off.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

New additions to the 'pen

So I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. I have prided myself in knowing the bullpen from the start of the season. I can tell you which pitcher is walking on to the 'pen during warm ups, and also who is warming up (during the games). With a new guy in the mix, it's going to throw me off. I have a feeling in order for the Twins to make room on the 25-man roster for Craig Breslow, they will option Bobby Korecky to Triple-A Rochester. I don't want to see Korecy go! He does the potty dance, he busts me when I'm taking pictures of him, and he's batting at 1.00. How can the Twins option him off??

Do they move Brian Bass? I doubt it. He's their "long reliver". I have a feeling though, that if Boof gets moved to the 'pen when Scott "Timmy" Baker comes back with the team, that they will place Bass of waivers then, because they will have to make a move at that point in time too (from the 25-man roster) to make room for Scott Baker. It seems like the viable option. That option doesn't bother me however. I'm quite indiferent toward Brian Bass. Whether he goes or stays will not really effect me.

Okay, so my predictions: Craig Breslow on 25-man roster, Bobby Korecky optioned to Triple-A Rochester.
Scott Baker reactivated from 15-day DL, Brian Bass placed on waivers. (Boof moved to 'pen).

My psychic abilities are telling me this will be what happens!

In my hopes of our shortstop. I would LOVE to see Brendan Harris continue to play SS, rather than Adam Everett ever coming back. I think my alt-boyfriend plays way better at SS than he does at 2nd base...why? you ask? Well, Brendan Harris played SS for Tampa Bay, so he's used to this position, and having to change over to 2nd base can really throw someone off and screw with their ability to play well. I think Adam Everett is a very nice guy, but honestly he hasn't appealed to me in his "skills" this year. Lots of balls not quite getting to first base on routine plays, fielding (that should have been done), not done nor any effort made to stop the ball from going into the outfield.
Maybe I'll start a petition...Brendan Harris for everyday SS! Who's with me?

So, the quest for Justin Morneau's entrance music has finally been solved! My friends co-worker, my friend and me all were in the mix trying to figure out what exactly Justin entered too, and frankly it was driving me nuts. I recognized the tune, but couldn't hear enough of the song to be able to put my finger on it! (In case there are any other crazies out there it's "Big Gun" by AC/DC, this of course is for the 2008 season...may change next year.)

Time to go to my "community room" tonight at my apartment to watch the beautiful Kevin Slowey pitch. He needs my love and cheers tonight as they face the Royals for one last game. Here's hoping for a sweep (or at least not a loss for Kevin) against the Royals! (Also, here's hoping that the stupid fan chants of "Let's go Royals" does not stick in my head again tonight, like it has the past two night, annoyingly.)

Soon to come: "You know you've been to too many Twins games when...". My list of ways to tell if you have been to too many Twins games. WARNING: It's a long list...but a funny one.

Monday (June 2nd) will mark game number 11 for me for the season (in 10 weeks of games). And it'll mark game #10, in which none of my funds went to purchase the tickets. Cheers to free tickets! However if the announcers were lying to me about Kevin Slowey pitching on Monday night (on the radio they said this), then I might have to pay for game number 2 and go to the game on Tuesday so I can see Kevin pitch again! I'm all about seeing him pitch. I have successfully seen every (or should I say both) home games he's pitched so far.

Well time for me to say goodbye for now...maybe even a goodbye to Bobby Korecky! It was awesome getting busted for taking your picture, Bobby! Thanks for being funny to watch and being able to entertain me during the games! I'll miss ya!