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Game Thread: Twins v Cleveland in Puerto Rico, 4/17 6:10pm CT

Los gemelos son el equipo local.

Because this is an historic two-game series played in Puerto Rico, that first sentence was in Spanish out of tribute. It is an important sentence. I don’t know even if I translated it correctly (check disclaimer below), but I will leave it up to anybody curious about the content to look it up for themselves. It is important information that could influence the game.

Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez of the Indians are natives of the island along with Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario of the Twins.

Jose Berrios is from Bayamon, which is near San Juan on the northern coast, while Eddie Rosario is from Guayama on the southern Coast. To get a sense of the geography from a Minnesota perspective, if San Juan was Minneapolis, Jose Berrios would be from Edina and Eddie Rosario would be from Rochester… about an hour to the south. Using that same geographic scale, my hometown of Grand Forks could only be represented by a Carnival Cruise ship sailing past.

Disclaimer: I do not speak Spanish… if you blindfolded me and dropped me in the middle of a Spanish speaking country, surrounded by people who speak only Spanish… I would be unable to find the bathroom. The last time I couldn’t find the bathroom was 30 years ago. I had a lot of rum and the friends of mine who hosted the party were horrified to find me the next morning passed out in the walk-in closet.

Breaking News: The National Weather Service out of San Juan has issued a blizzard warning effective from this afternoon until Thursday morning for the entire island of Puerto Rico. Snow will be heavy at times with total snow accumulations between 16 to 20 inches of snow. Brisk northwest winds gusting to 70mph will reduce visibility only to stuff directly in front of your face in open areas. Travel is not advised.

Here are some things to think about:
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1. Top Non-Trump News Story (Or Stories):

Netflix announced today that they added 7.4 million subscribers in Q1 which comfortably beat projections of 6.6 million. The Society for Social Interaction also announced today that 7.4 million less people left their homes in Q1. 7.4 million less people attended sporting events, church, nightclubs and outdoor activities because they were binge watching every episode of “The Office” and “Orange is the New Black” for the 22nd time.

2. Our Twins:

I don’t know… I got nothing to report on the Twins. They haven’t played in 4 days… I don’t know who is hot or who is cold and I don’t think the players know either… they haven’t played in 4 days. Now… I do expect an illness issue to develop in the club house because the players spent multiple days in below-freezing temperatures, capped off by a weekend of a strong winter blizzard, followed by a quick flight to the Caribbean and upper 80-degree temps. The American Medical Association strongly advises against quick temperature changes because it can lead to illness, specifically people turning into werewolves. If you have ever wondered why so many baseball players have long, nasty-looking beards. That is why… they have turned into werewolves going from spring training to northern cities. Yep… that’s right. Dallas Keuchel is a werewolf. Now you all understand why.

3. Cleveland:

If this was a week ago… my first sentence could have been about how the Indians offense is really struggling. However… it’s not a week ago and the Cleveland has been heating up at the plate. Time can really suck sometimes.

4. Today’s Joe M Conversation:

McCarthy: Guys… I have a serious question to ask all you. Give it some thought before you answer.

Morgan: Alright… shoot

McCarthy: What is your biggest concern about the future?

Maddon: That’s easy… I am very worried that there will be no post offices in the future.

Mauer: A massive meteor crashing into the forests around Bemidji, setting off a massive fire that blots out the sun, killing all plant…

Morgan: I’m not worried about global warming at all…

Mauer: That wouldn’t be global warm…

Morgan: I’m worried that Pete Rose will never make the Hall of Fame.

Montana: I’m worried that Mauer will stop paying for everything.

McCarthy: Amen to that.

5. Rain Dancing:

This past weekend, I did a lot of research on rain dances. The Twins weren’t playing so I had to do something. Anyway, what I discovered was quite interesting. Some rain dancers are rarely successful while some are very successful. The most successful rain dancers in the study had degrees in meteorology.
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Lineups:

CLEVELAND
Francisco Lindor(S) SS
Jason Kipnis(L) 2B
Jose Ramirez(S) 3B
Michael Brantley(L) LF
Edwin Encarnacion(R ) DH
Yonder Alonso(L) 1B
Yan Gomes(R ) C
Tyler Naquin(L) RF
Bradley Zimmer(L) CF

Corey Kluber(R ) P

TWINS
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

Jake Odorizzi(R ) P

Game-time forecast: Mostly cloudy, but it's not going to rain (or snow), 75 deg F, winds at 9mph from the ENE.

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Por fin, los Twins estan jugando beisbol hoy! Gracias a dios!

    • Carole Keller, USAFChief, Mike Sixel and 4 others like this
"The Twins are the local computer". That's what the Google says. I am not sure of the significance of that as it pertains to baseball. But, the following should be helpful, whether blindfolded in Puerto Rico or not. dónde está el baño :).
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Okay, now to go back and read what Brian wrote.

 

I'm so excited that Twins baseball is on again that Brian could have just put up a pic of a baseball and that would have been good enough for me.

 

 

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Nine of twelve
Apr 17 2018 07:05 AM
Un día sin béisbol es como el desayuno sin jugo de naranja. O algo así.
    • USAFChief, Mike Sixel, Riverbrian and 2 others like this

Ok, now folks are just showing off.

 

No me gusta este. El otro lingua esta muy dificil por todos los blancitos en este pais.

 

...or at least I think I said that correctly? Despite four years of Spanish, my southern language skills never really evolved past basic officer street level. We won't even speak of my grasp of the language of the Fatherland (German).

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El Nino

 

 

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Dave The Dastardly
Apr 17 2018 08:11 AM

Ubi est villa, agricola?

 

Took me two years of Latin to learn that phrase. Fifty years to remember it.

 

Wo wirst du heute Abend sein?

 

Pick up line my dad, a WW II combat veteran, learned in occupied Germany. He passed it along to me and my brothers in case we ever ran into a pretty fraulein. It's always good to be prepared.

 

Base-a-balla. Italian for our favorite sport.

 

I guess I'm multi-lingual. I can even speak Minnesotan. Uffda!

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Brock Beauchamp
Apr 17 2018 08:33 AM
I had assumed the baseball season was over.
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Hosken Bombo Disco
Apr 17 2018 08:41 AM
Feels like days since there's been a Twins game.

¡Pleibol!
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Puerto Rico Joe is ready for this. 

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Per Google translation: 

 

No hablo español y odio las matemáticas. Cuando publicas en español no tengo ni idea, y en matemáticas ... bueno, puedo reconocer los números. VAYA GEMELOS !!!
Y Google tiene la culpa de esta publicación.

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Si

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OK...it makes sense now. Not enough werewolves on the team. Mid-season trade for a couple?
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Nine of twelve
Apr 17 2018 11:06 AM

Ok, now folks are just showing off.

The only thing I was showing off is my skill at using Google translate.
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So what did everyone do over the winter break? Err... I mean the blizzard over the weekend?
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ashburyjohn
Apr 17 2018 12:28 PM

So what did everyone do over the winter break? Err... I mean the blizzard over the weekend?

I skipped being a spectator at the Boston Marathon because the weather was yucky here too. (OK, that was Monday, but it's a long weekend.)

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So what did everyone do over the winter break? Err... I mean the blizzard over the weekend?

Winter? What's that? ;)

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I speak 7 languages fluently. Unfortunately Spanish, or English, are not on that list. Anyway, in high school my oldest daughter took Spanish. One day in an attempt to color her hair she got a little too much red tint in it. The next day I called a friend who spoke Spanish, and asked for some help. That evening when my daughter came in the door I greeted her with a hearty "el rojo grande". My attempt at bi lingualism was not received well at all. :(
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I speak 7 languages fluently. Unfortunately Spanish, or English, are not on that list. Anyway, in high school my oldest daughter took Spanish. One day in an attempt to color her hair she got a little too much red tint in it. The next day I called a friend who spoke Spanish, and asked for some help. That evening when my daughter came in the door I greeted her with a hearty "el rojo grande". My attempt at bi lingualism was not received well at all. :(

 

Teenage girls are usually pretty laid back about their hair -- you must have been pretty surprised at her reaction. 

My sisters were in high school during the home perm era.It did not always (ever?) end well.

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Teenage girls are usually pretty laid back about their hair -- you must have been pretty surprised at her reaction.
My sisters were in high school during the home perm era. It did not always (ever?) end well.

Especially when her dad comments on her hair. I'm sure she took it in stride and wasn't self conscious at all!
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Bano. Spanish for restroom. Learn it, know it, live it.

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Bano. Spanish for restroom. Learn it, know it, live it.


Also, cerveza.
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Also, cerveza.

 

Bano. Spanish for restroom. Learn it, know it, live it.

 

The two are somewhat related.

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woolywoolhouse
Apr 17 2018 02:44 PM

I learned all of the Spanish I know from Bumblebee Man on The Simpsons. With the problems they've been getting into with Apu lately, I'm sure that's a bad thing and I should be ashamed.

 

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¡Vamos, los gemelos de Minnesota, amigos!

 

Not sure if that's right.  

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