Wow, nothing like laying down and taking one some place not kind. Last night's game was...uhh...sloppy at best. Sure we had 13 runs that we scored and 4 home runs to speak of, and Cuddy standing up to the Curse of Blyleven and going 4 for 5, but really...Nick Blackburn didn't have his A-Game, nor did Duensing (though I love him still) nor did Keppel and nor did Mijares. Were they all half asleep during the game? Did they feel sorry for Oakland (which may have had less fans in attendance than a game for the Marlins)? Whatever the reason for that disaster, I hope we never allow that to be repeated...EVER!
When one goes to bed with the Twins leading 13-7, you feel pretty confident in a W. Needless to say, I was a bit miffed when I woke up (thanks to the genius who thought it'd be fun to shoot fireworks off) at 2 am and happened to browse my phone, (Internet on it that is) since the genius lit off the fireworks for about 15 minutes, and I saw that the Twins LOST 14-13. A million questions flew through my mind...what? how? why? who? seriously? wtf? Yes, at one point in the game, the Twins had a 12-5 lead. I figured if they scored too many runs last night, that it would blow their chances tonight. 13 runs should be PLENTY to win a game...at least that's what one such as myself would think. Well, I'll never think that again! Score as many runs as you would like next time boys...just make sure you win in the process! If you only need 2 runs, great...if it's 20, so be it!
I now know how Josh Hamilton must have felt getting all those home runs in the first and second round of the HR Derby last year only to lose in the final round of it to Justin, whose HR tally came nowhere near Josh's. It's not a good feeling at all...kind of like being told you are going to get a pony for Christmas only to get nothing but coal instead. Sad...depressing...NOT COOL!
I did find it amusing that Bert finally realized the curse that he brings to players...the curse that I realized so very long ago. Hearing him go "yeah, I was beginning to notice how ever guy I pick goes 0 for the whole night." Ya think, Bert?! You just noticed this?? Wow...
3 Stars of the Game:
1. Justin Morneau (2 home runs (one a grand slam) and went 3 for 5...he showed us all how he thinks running is stupid too!)
2. Jason Kubel (3-run home run and went 3-3! Way to go, Kubes!)
3. Michael Cuddyer (he wanted to prove the Bert Blyleven Curse to be beneath him...and went 4 for 5 with a home run as well! Thanks, Cuddy for stepping up to my challenge!)
3 Failures of the Game:
1. The homeplate umpire Mike Muchlinski (ohh...Mike...I'm remembering you...I will bash your face in if I ever see you...) He must have either been high, blind or not paying attention at all, because I was watching and re-watching and then watching some more the play at home where he called Cuddy out, and still can't see HOW he saw "out"...when it couldn't have been more blatantly "safe"...if this were hockey...I'd make this sign for him.
2. Bobby Keppel (looks like he's not Mr. Perfect anymore...way to give up a GRAND SLAM to Matt Holliday!! Sure Holliday is a good hitter, but really...a Grand Slam?! Come on!!!)
3. Jose Mijares (you're first batter you face should be an out...not a home run. Thanks for this screw up!)
Now some cartoons for the very blind umpire.