Well, Bri, I will be waiting for those lineups for a very long time as the game has been postponed. No make up date yet determined.
Reason for postponement?
Well ... game-time forecast reads like this:
Rain, and more rain, cold and blustery, not stopping anytime soon. No dome, no roof, just rain.
But in lieu of a game, you still have Brian's musings; feel free to comment on them, watch a different game and comment on that, or just shrug and wait until the next game on Tuesday.
Things to Think About:
1. Justin Verlander -- Baseball careers ebb and flow as the years go by. I don't know why... but his performance last season wasn't as dominant as past seasons. His numbers were still very good in comparison to what the Twins throw but there was a time when facing Verlander put me in the fetal position. That doesn't seem to be the case... in my head at least. We beat a younger version of Verlander when we beat Ventura from Kansas City. I say bring him on. Of course that's easy for me to say... I don't have a bat in my hand.
2. Bullpens -- The Tigers bullpen is a little stretched right now after the Sanchez blister... Verlander has been a horse... I don't think Verlander is going to come out of the game easily.
3. Kyle Gibson -- Yeah... I'm thinking about pitching today. I know the Twins have been scoring a lot of runs but Gibson will have to sharp today if the Twins want to win this series.
4. 1st Place -- A tie for first place is on the line. It doesn't mean much in April but I'd like to look at the standings tomorrow morning and see us on top regardless.
5. Rope -- My wife has never been much of an animal fan... I've always liked having a pet... I'm more of a dog guy but cats are awesome in their own way. I'd be OK with a pet Walleye. I knew my wife wasn't into them when I married her and she knew I had a cat when we got married. We got married anyway and it's worked out just fine... A little give and take is important. We lost that original cat maybe a couple years after we were married but any talk of getting a new cat was quickly curbed because my wife was pregnant with our first child and she didn't want a baby crawling around in cat hair. My 2 sons were awesome pets to play with and honestly life was fine without a pet. I knew and she knew that any pet in the house would end up being her responsibility because she worries about what's going on in a litter box much more than I or the kids do or would.
That's why I was shocked 11 years ago...
We were sitting at the supper table... My oldest son was 10 years old and he just said... "Mom... Can we get a Cat"? I started laughing to myself... thinking "here it comes" and I turned my attention to my wife... waiting to hear what method she would use for saying "no freaking way"
She said "Well... Diane at work just found a litter of kittens in her boat and she is looking for good homes for them". I dropped my fork in complete surprise... I just sat there quietly thinking to myself "what's happening here... how is she going to walk this one back... this ain't really happening." She didn't walk it back... She said... "I suppose we could". I leaned over to my 6 year old son and whispered to him "Go give Mom a Hug" He got up from the table and gave her a big hug and the deal was sealed. My wife called and asked if we could come over to get a kitten. The answer was anytime and All I said was "Let's go right now" I'm no dummy... if we would have waited... She would have come out of it and changed her mind. I knew whatever window just opened... it was a very small window.
We got up from the table... We didn't even finish the meal... We drove about 7 miles to the co-workers house out in the country and all the boys in the car were smiling. My wife wasn't... it was starting to dawn on her... I could tell. I knew her... she wanted to turn around but both my boys were so excited... sitting in the backseat having a serious discussion about what they wanted to name the cat. I told them... "You'll want to wait... once you see the cat... the perfect name will just come to you... It'll be obvious... You don't want to name anything until you see it and get a feel for it".
We got there and were brought to a room with (I think) 5 kittens. All of them were calico and real small. Both boys were immediately drawn to the most active of the kittens at the time. The decision was made and we drove home with the boys and a new kitten in the backseat. That's when my 10 year old said... "Dad you were right... I've got the perfect name" He paused and said "Rope"
I started laughing... And I asked my 6 year old if he agreed and he did. Ok... "Rope" it is.
We got home... The kids ran into the house immediately with the kitten... My wife grabbed my arm to stop me before I reached the door. She said "What have I done... I made a mistake... We should take it back". I said... "Ok... But what are you gonna tell the kids". We walked into the house... I was convinced that she was going to tell the kids we are taking the cat back. But... The boys were busy walking from room to room... telling the cat... "This is your Kitchen... This is your living room" My wife looked at me and I shrugged my shoulders. She sighed and said "well... I suppose I should go to Petco and get some stuff. It was game over... We had a cat named Rope.
It took a few months but the boys soon realized that this cat was not going to be the play thing they were hoping for. Yeah... This cat was born wild. It was a spur of the moment cat that wasn't completely vetted. It was in a constant state of mean.
11 years later... I woke up this morning and out of habit... I reached below the sink for a can of cat food.
I'm actually kind of sad and wondering how it's first night with the horses in the barn went.
Edited by ChiTownTwinsFan, 27 April 2014 - 10:54 AM.