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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Target Field: No Longer Where Joe's Balls Go To Die

Well this weekend was crazy busy for me!  It was jamb packed with Twins games Friday-Sunday!  I am not complaining about spending time at Target Field, I enjoy it.  Plus I got to see three rocking games and see the Twins sweep the Oakland A's.
Fireworks after the August 13th game

The Twins have been on a tear lately and are currently sitting 5 games ahead of Chicago for the lead in the Central.  With Tuesday night's spectical of Jim Thome hitting a walk-off 2-run home run to win the game in the bottom of 10, I didn't think anything could top that last night.  Boy, was I wrong.  Joe Mauer finally decided to connect and not let Target Field own him and all his balls.  My phrase used to be: Target Field: Where Joe Mauer's Balls Go To Die...this is no longer the case!  It only took him 57 home games before he could land one just barely in the flower in the left field wall!

storm clouds that evaded Target Field
The rain stayed away all weekend during the game time.  Thankfully, Brian Duensing pitch one heck of a game getting fans out of the stadium before a nice storm could rush through.  He was outstanding in his complete game shut out starting a crazy game of shaving cream pie that himself and Jim Thome both took after outstanding games that they had (Duensing, complete game shut out; Thome, walk off home run that won the game for the Twins).
beautiful night for a beautiful shut out (and a storm to follow)
Tonight, the Twins look to finish off the White Sux series and bring out the brooms to send them back to Chicago.

This weekend the Twins have the Angels in town to face Torii and the gang in a three game series.  I'll be at Target Field tomorrow for my 5th time in 8 days.  I'm beginning to think that Target Field really is my home away from home.  I don't mind though.  I just get kidnapped when I'm at the games anyway.
Tonight: Mister Mustache man himself, Carl Pornvano takes on Chicago's ace Mark Buehrle.  It should definitely be a interesting game...and it'll be a good deciding factor of the momentum the Twins will have going into the Angels series.

I almost forgot!  Monday night was Baseball Unplugged at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park!  Nick Punto, Drew Butera, and Danny Valencia were there.

I really have decided I like Danny Valencia, he looked like a kid in a candy store there on Monday night.  With his parents and cousin in tow, he was beaming all night from ear to ear!  I asked for clarification on the pronunciation of his last name and it is NOT how Bert Byleven says it.  It's Va Len C Ya.  Not Va Len CHIA.  He told me that he's been sitting down with Bert going over how to say his name.  Apparently, this has been unsuccessful so far.

It was a really fun night, and myself CapitalBabs, and Karleecupcake had fabulous seats right next to their table.  Here are a couple pics I took that night (in the dark bar)...and hopefully, the fill in the blank surveys I gave Nick Punto (for the three of the them) will be filled out and returned to me so I can post those up here for everyone.  Just a bit of ridiculous fun, but fun to share as well!
Nick Punto (and Drew) ready to answer questions
Danny Valencia
Drew Butera :)
Punto, Butera and Valencia 
4 crazy girls (sketch54, capitalbabs, karleecupcake and me forthelove_ (Twitter names))

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