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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Here's Your Chance


Lately, I've been a bit in mourning.  I'm sad that Luke Hughes got sent down in order to make room for Scott Baker.  I LOVE Scott Baker, don't get me wrong, but I really don't understand the logic behind the decision.  I know that the move was so Gardy could have 13 pitchers going into this current road trip.  Sure, more pitchers is a good thing, especially when you are the Twins' bullpen (they haven't been the most reliable this season...and that's an understatement), but what is the point in keeping a pitcher (or 3) who constantly give up runs and frustrate every one, down to us, the fans?

At least before Luke got sent down, I got to meet him (again) at Baseball Unplugged.  Cuddy hosted the event with Delmon and Luke as guests.  I had a suggestion given to me to ask Luke if there is a method behind his pie-ing of his teammates, or if he just tries to go for the surprise attack.  Now the video I got isn't really a video...it is, but it's so dark, you can't see anything (which is alright since my friend decided to film it sideways and I'm too lazy to rotate it).  So you'll just have to imagine Luke while he's talking and listen to this:

video

It was quite possibly, one of my favorite Baseball Unplugged's.  (on a site note: I'm becoming less and less of a fan of how they distribute the autograph tickets to fans.)
Here are some of my pictures, and be sure to check out the great pictures of the night at Michaelcuddyer.com (under photos).








photo courtesy of michaelcuddyer.com
The bag Luke is holding are the cupcakes I made for him. Delmon was "lactose intolerant"
 Here's your chance folks: you can WIN an autographed photo by Delmon Young.  All you need to do is "like" For The Love Of the Game Blog on Facebook.  Go HEREThen, post a comment.  I'll pick one lucky winner.  Don't have facebook? Send me an email with the subject 'Delmon'.
of course the photo you win IS in face signed.
 Best of luck to everyone who enters to win the photo! Who knows, maybe there will be another opportunity in the future.
Well played, Mauer. Even at first.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Approaching the All-Star Break

The All Star game is just around the corner marking the end of the first half of the season for baseball. It's hard to believe this much has passed already. It's unfortunate that the Twins won't likely be at a .500 winning record going into the All-Star break, but thankfully they aren't the worst team in baseball anymore. As of today, there are 6 teams that have worse records than us! In my eyes, that's progress.


The next three home stands the Twins have after the All-Star break will really be telling. First Kansas City, Cleveland and the Detroit. We need big series wins to gain some ground in our division. At this point, I think most teams in the AL Central, have a decent shot. Plus previous years' history, would back that theory up.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see the Twins in Milwaukee. It's definitely a different experience. I've learned, I'm not the biggest fan of Brewers fans. A lot of them that I experienced, were rude, extremely loud and drunks. (disclaimer: this does not apply to ALL Brewers fans, just quite a few I encountered.) I had a couple drunk kids Saturday night that tried to high-five me in the face; had rude drunk guys screaming (so loud their voices cracked every time they yelled) in my ears on Friday night. Sunday was the best day as far as fans. I can't say that it would be a trip I would make again. I did however get some great pictures (one of Michael Cuddyer that even he found funny.) that I'll share in this post. (Pictures below)

On the 4th of July, I had the opportunity to sit in one of the Event Suites thanks to Kristina and Ben from Peanuts From Heaven. It was incredible and we all had such a great time! I am very thankful they asked me if I wanted to go.

Peanuts From Heaven writers and myself.

For those of you in the cities, feel free to join myself and Fan HQ at Bunny's in St. Louis Park for the All-Star game viewing party! Here are the details:

Michael Cuddyer All-Star Game Viewing Party

Bunny's Sports Bar - St. Louis Park, MN

5916 Excelsior Boulevard

Seating begins at 6:30pm and the game starts at 7:00pm.

Admission to this family-friendly event is free and Bunny's will provide FREE hot dogs, chips and popcorn from 6:30-7:30. There will be giveaways and prize drawings throughout the game.

The first 24 people* to arrive will receive an All-Star gift bag with a limited edition Cuddy t-shirt, gift certificates, coupons, and more. Michael Cuddyer autographed cards will be randomly inserted in the gift bags!

Hope to see a bunch of people there! It'll be a lot of fun!

Now, pictures.

I think Luke busted me taking his picture.

Joe NOT a natural at second base.

Butera



the awful pencil I kept score with...and what I did to it. haha


Cuddyer. He signed this pic and wrote "Nice Shot" on it.

Valencia


One of my fav pics I got (and it's not cause of their butts)



This was a ball somebody drew on in "Autograph Alley"

View from their version of the Legends Club (NYCE Club)



Drew got hit in the cookies.

Wieners!

Our last chance for hope in Milwaukee.

Feel free to check out all the pics from my trip to Milwaukee on my facebook page: