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  1. For Elise

    I wrote this 10 years ago. Today the Chatty Chatty Princess started her year as a sophmore and The Boy enters the seventh grade. Good luck guys. Love, Dad.

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    He didn't feel the gush that everyone said he would feel the first time he held her in his arms. He frowned. "I've never been especially good about feeling emotions."

    There was excitement to be sure. And a feeling of amazement. But mostly the infant seemed
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  2. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 56: Morneau in Dodger Blue, Live From The State Fair

    Aaron and John's last KFAN broadcast is live from the Minnesota State Fair. First they talk about the Twins slide, September callups and a report out of LA that the Dodgers pursued Justin Morneau this week. Then they are joined by Lindsay Guentzel who talks about the highlights and lowlights of living in the MLB Fan Cave, what it's like trying to build a career in media and why Aaron shouldn't lead with his hair on those first dates. Here are:


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  3. Why I Will Watch

    Tonight The Voice of Reasonô and I went to a St. Paul Saints game. We soaked in a gorgeous Minnesota summer night, watched a bunch of kitsch and thoroughly enjoyed a game in which we had almost no emotional investment. Because itís baseball. And it doesnít last forever.

    I hear Minnesota sports fans lauding the turning of the calendar page, anxious for football and the (albeit limited) hope new seasons bring. Iíll enjoy watching the Gophers and Vikings too. But Iím a baseball guy, and ...
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  4. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 55: Demoted Dozier and Brutal Blackburn

    Aaron and John talk about Brian Dozier's demotion to Triple-A, Nick Blackburn's ongoing awfulness, whether the Twins are collapsing down the stretch again, the latest "day-to-day" injury proving anything but, where and when Chris Parmelee will play, KFAN producer Ryan Donaldson's puking story, and preparing for the return to full-time podcasting. Here are:


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  5. Jamey Carroll Might Be Best Option

    Terry Ryan says the Twins arenít going to be able to buy themselves out of this funk theyíre in. Heís absolutely right, especially when it comes to second base, where the Twins OPS ranks 29th in the majors. Because there is almost nothing to buy.Jamey Carroll trying to get on base.

    The free agent market for middle infielders is often limited, but this yearís market for second basemen is especially sparse. I count one starter Ė Torontoís Kelly Johnson. Johnson is 31 years old, has a 692 OPS ...
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  6. Magic (Part 20)

    "Life's like a movie, write your own ending."
    - The Magic Store from The Muppet Movie

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    It started with a decision in the spring of 1990. He asked her if their first date should be an afternoon at the Art Institute or a double-header at Wrigley Field.

    In retrospect, what could be a better place for a first date?"How is that even a call?" she replied.

    The sun gleamed, the grass glowed underneath the ballplayers and the magical afternoon was made ...
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  7. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 54: Half Empty Or Half Full

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  8. Offensively, Twins Remain Uneven

    "We have holes. And some of it is pitching, and some of it is not. There are other areas we need to address."
    - Terry Ryan as reported by Phil Mackey


    The Twins rotation currently ranks 29th in the majors in ERA and 28th in innings pitched. But Ryan is right Ė they arenít the only sore spot that will need to be addressed this offseason.

    The decision to promote and play Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second base highlights one such area. The Twins rank 29th in the ...
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  9. Morneau vs. The Void

    If The Twins Are Willing To Trade Morneau This Offseason, There Should Be Options

    Last week, as the trade deadline approached, Justin Morneau was featured in the latest trade rumors. That made sense. First, Morneau had been productive and healthy. Second, Chris Parmelee is raking at first base in AAA but shut out in the majors. Finally, Morneau is still owed about $19M for the rest of this year and next. Moving him would give the Twins that much more money to spend on pitching this ...
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  10. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 53: Goodbye Danny, Hello Nishi

    Aaron and John talk about dumping Danny Valencia, bringing back Tsuyoshi Nishioka, what the trade deadline inactivity means, what can be done about the Twins' medical staff, John's new motorcycle, Alex Wimmers' elbow surgery, and a report about Miguel Sano and the Beloit prospects from special guest Seth Stohs. Here are:



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  11. State Of The Community Update

    The trade deadline is a significant event in Twins Dailyís calendar and now that itís over, I thought we might give an update on how the community is faring.


    • We have 1923 registered users and 963 of them have contributed at least one post to the site.
    • We have 2209 threads with 40,120 posts. Each month, the number of posts has been increasing by 24%.
    • 133 members have tried blogging and produced 1342 posts.
    • Over 150,000 unique visitors have stopped by the site since we
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  12. Other Voices

    Two weeks ago on Gleeman and the Geek, Aaron Gleeman and I argued about Francisco Liriano. In Liriano's previous outing he had struck out 15 batters but lost the game when he gave up a grand slam in the fourth inning. Aaron chaffed at the portrayal of Liriano as "mentally weak" while I felt that Liriano, at the very least, had trouble pulling himself out of a nosedive when he started struggling.

    Anyone who listens to the podcast knows that Aaron and I arguing some perceived point into ...
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  13. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 52 Liriano to the White Sox

    Aaron and John talk about the Francisco Liriano trade, break down the prospects from the White Sox and the Twins' reasoning for the deal, get sad with Otis Redding, welcome back Danny Valencia, look ahead to potential other moves before the deadline, marvel at Lew Ford, update Alex Wimmers' health, and then John leaves and Aaron does a solo podcast with the help of Twitter questions. Here are:


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  14. Ten Things I HATE About The Liriano Trade

    Ten Things I HATE About The Liriano Trade

    I started making a list of the top 10 things I hate about this trade for todayís Gleeman and the Geek podcast. Iím up to #28.

    (Kill me. Or better yet, add on in the comments section.)

    1. I hate that after waiting out the market so Liriano was the best remaining rental, the Twins traded him after his one terrible start in the last two months and less than 24 hours before a possible redeeming start.

    2. I ...
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