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Friday, April 16, 2010

Don't Wobble Too Much Weeble

On a day in baseball where you can get confused if you don't know players on a team (since everyone wears number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson) it was great to see the Twins power past the Red Sox and take the series, not only with a win, but blanking the Red Sox with 0 runs!

Did you know the last time they won three series at the start of a season was 1987? (Thanks to Joe Christensen from the Star Tribune, because I didn't know this either!) 1987 was one of the 2 years (in my lifetime) that the Twins WON the World Series?  Anyone else see our 7-3 stars as a good omen?  I sure hope that's what it is.

After Liriano was taken out, I was worried when I saw Jose Mijiares take the mound.  His "cataracts" are really starting to bother me when he goes out onto the mound to pitch.  The man is having "blurry" vision and claims it's because of cataracts.  Did you know that cataracts can be caused by corticosteroids (among other things)? Not sure what those are...click on it to read about it.  My thoughts are this: Why doesn't Mijares get surgery NOW on his cataracts rather than wait until the end of the season to get it done.  This kind of surgery is not a season-ending surgery.  I'd rather have him take care of this obvious problem rather than have it haunt us down the line when games are really important.

I'm really glad that Justin and Nicky Punto were finally able to pull the sticks from their butts and get some hits yesterday!  I begged, while listening to the game on the radio, for Justin to get a hit after they intentionally walked Joe Mauer.  It's nice to see that he made the Red Sox pay for walking our MVP!  I was also incredibly impressed by Jason Kubel's diving catch to snag a possible hit from the Sox.  It looked like his fridge (that he pulls behind him, or so it looks like it) knocked him over just in time for him to grab the ball.  Did you miss that catch?  You need to check it out!  HERE
Here are a couple pictures showing the fantastic catch as well!

Since they won this series as well, here are the 3 Stars of the Series!
3. Denard Span (he had 4 walks on Wednesday, a couple on Monday and still managed to get some hits during the series.)
2. Michael Cuddyer (Cuddy was the second person to hit a home run in Target Field, and his home run was superb!  He also has had decent outings over the series.)
1. Jason Kubel (Not only does this man make diving saves to catch a ball, but he bashes balls out of the park (1 HR, 1st in TF) and also just gets on base.)

Tomorrow, Game 2 (technically 3 including the second of the two exhibition games played at Target Field that I was at) for me at Target Field!  I'll be slumming it again in section 140, so no pictures are promised of the players at least.  I'll try to capture some other fun sites at Target Field.  Who knows, I may go early enough to check out batting practice for the Twins.  It'd be nice to see batting practice in the new park (since I missed it at opener).  If anyone else is going to the game, let me know!

Shameless plug of the day:  Know anyone who would love a pair of earrings that are baseball/Twins related?  Or a baseball bracelet to wear on game days?  Let me know...I make jewelry!  Here's a couple pictures of the ones I've done so far.
Other shameless plug of the day:
Make sure to join us all for the next Twins Centric Blogger/Tweet Up Viewing Party!  Here are the details!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
11:30 am
Major's Sports Cafe - Bloomington, MN
8301 Normandale Blvd

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