Game Thread: Twins @ Rays, 4/20@6:10pm CT
Image courtesy of © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports1. Top Non-Trump News Story (Or Stories):
A former 911 operator in Houston was found guilty of hanging up on people seeking emergency assistance. Records show thousands of calls that lasted less than 20 seconds were attributed to 44 year old Crenshanda Williams over a span of 18 months. Suspicions were finally raised after an audit detected the high volume of short phone calls. When questioned why, she replied that “she didn’t feel like talking to anyone at those times.” After a jury trial, she was sentenced to a misdemeanor and ordered to serve 10 days in jail with 18 months probation. I have some questions because there isn’t a single part of this story that I can get my arms around. What did she think her job was? How did she get away with it over 1,000 times over a span of 18 months? How is this only a misdemeanor? And why was a jury of peers required to take time off of work to decide a misdemeanor conviction? And… perhaps the biggest question of all… what are the best restaurants in Houston?
2. Our Twins:
Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day DL while Max Kepler is reported to be OK. The Twins were very close to having to offering a contract to Delmon Young to play against the Rays. Here’s another thought… the Twins have played very little baseball in seven days while playing a lot of baseball in two days.
3. The Rays:
We will get to watch old traded friends Denard Span, Carlos Gomez and Wilson Ramos this weekend. I won’t bring up Chih-Wei Hu who was traded for Kevin Jepsen because I know that trade is still a sore spot. Looking at this closer… it occurs to me that there are more ex-Twins on the Rays roster than ex-Twins on the Twins roster.
4. Today’s Joe M Conversation:
Morgan: What are ya doin'?
Montana: I’m writing a letter to Preparation H.
Montana: Because it isn’t working and I want my money back.
McCarthy: What does it say?
Montana: Dear Preparation H, Your product does not work! I ate the whole tube and it has provided me no relief. I have enclosed pictures that show that it isn’t working.
Maddon: Don’t put those pictures in there!
5. Secret of Success:
I have been successful at almost everything I’ve done. I will give everyone the secret free of charge:
If at first you don’t succeed… redefine what success is.
Brian Dozier(R ) 2B
Joe Mauer(L) 1B
Miguel Sano(R ) 3B
Eddie Rosario(L) LF
Logan Morrison(L) DH
Eduardo Escobar(S) SS
Max Kepler(L) CF
Robbie Grossman(S) RF
Jason Castro(L) C
Lance Lynn (R )
Denard Span(L) LF
C.J. Cron(R ) DH
Carlos Gomez(R ) RF
Brad Miller(L) 1B
Daniel Robertson(R ) 3B
Joey Wendle(L) 2B
Wilson Ramos(R ) C
Mallex Smith(L) CF
Adeiny Hechavarria(R ) SS
Chris Archer (R )
Game-time forecast: Outside it will be lovely. I don't know the indoor specs of the Trop, but it will be playable.
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