Things to Think About:
1. Sam Deduno -- It's surprising how things work out sometimes. After watching many many Twins games last year. I was of the solid opinion that Sam Deduno was our top starting pitcher last year. I actually believe there was little doubt about that. If it wasn't for his injury late in the year... Sam's ERA was on the low side of 3. With the injury... he closed up shop for the year at 3.83. In comparison to the rest of the staff... that was the best starting pitcher we had and it wasn't really close. So you can imagine my surprise when Sam Deduno was not part of the opening day 2014 rotation. I totally understand the need to acquire arms for depth and I totally understand the need to get Kyle Gibson into the rotation. I was just shocked that the top starter from 2013 was still on the squad and out of the rotation. With the injury to Mike Pelfrey... Sam Deduno is back and starting and that's where I think he belongs. Don't screw this up Sam... Take this job and hold on to it. I don't care if we win or lose... I just don't want egg on my face. It's way past breakfast.
2. Eduardo Escobar -- He's been hitting the ball well and Pedro Florimon has not been doing that. Members of Twins Daily are losing their minds that Florimon has remained the starter at SS after careful consideration of what is happening at the plate. Escobar is from Venezuela which is a country just south of Idaho. Average rainfall in Venezuela is yet to be determined because it hasn't stopped raining yet. Venezuela is Spanish speaking but only Chris Colabello can truly understand it.
3. The Rubber Band Theory -- It's my theory and it's now officially a theory after advancing from the hypothesis stage with a victory over Cleveland last night. The Rubber Band theory in it's most basic form simply states that the Twins will rise and fall from the median of a .500 winning percentage and immediately snap back to 50/50 as if connected to it by a rubber band. At some point the Rubber band will snap from the pressure of a 162 game schedule and the team will head in the direction the team is determined to go.
4. North Dakota -- I spent a lot of time driving the state last weekend... I had a lot of time to think about North Dakota and did some research when I got back. North Dakota was part of the Dakota Territories... "Dakota" comes from a misunderstanding. Early Norwegian Settlers were simply saying "it's Cold Out". With thick Norwegian accents... "It's Cold Out" was misheard as "Dakota" and the rest is history. North Dakota and South Dakota were divided up and granted statehood in 1889. Both states wanted to be called North Dakota and after much bloodshed... the conflict was settled by a coin flip... South Dakota lost and was forced to be called South Dakota forever and ever.
5. Regina -- I had a surprise visit today from a friend of mine from Regina Saskatchewan and we went out to lunch. I was surprised by his visit and I wondered why he didn't call me to let me know he was in town. He explained that they don't have cell service in Regina and his rotary phone didn't work in the United States. He was a football player and he moved up to Regina to play football with the Saskatchewan Roughriders but he was confused by the 55 Yard line and ended up taking a job with Creek Management for the city of Regina. The City of Regina was built along the Wascana Creek. The Mighty Wascana became important in the growth of the city as transportation of goods and services shipped on Toy Boats... one box of crackers at a time. In his job... He routinely walks the entire length of Wascana Creek from Vibank to Tyvan making sure that all the frogs are well fed. He says the hardest part of his job is catching all the flies himself and hand feeding the frogs... he is also annoyed by the occasional slipping into the creek and getting his socks wet. After an IQ test determined that he was one of the brightest people in the city... He has decided to change careers... enrolling in the RCMP National Training Centre. He was always a fan of Dudley Do-Right and plans to spend his career as a Mountie policing Victoria Park... protecting all from Snidely Whiplash and helping people find their way back after getting lost visiting the Cenotaph. He has a wife named "Nell" and a Horse named "Horse". That isn't all that surprising since 64 percent of Reginese people own horses and 82 percent of them are named "Horse" The other 18 percent are named "Donkey". The City Council actually has two Appaloosa's serving a two year term representing the Germantown and South Albert Street districts. He's doing well and enjoys visiting Grand Forks but it's a little hilly for him. On a clear day... he can see Saskatoon 160 miles away from his back porch and Russia from his front porch.
Edited by ChiTownTwinsFan, 06 May 2014 - 02:52 PM.