Brian ... Brian ... Brian ... do tell us, what are you thinking today?
(Maybe there was another power outage at work; or maybe with the news today, he wants a moment of silence.)
I'm here... I'm dedicating Thought # 5 to you and my wife.
Things to Think About:
1. Kendrys Morales -- It's Sunday Morning and I'm still floored. I just didn't see this coming and I don't think anybody across baseball saw it either. MLBTradeRumors would have picked something up from some beat writer or insider if they did. With no inside information whatsoever... I figured the Rangers or Yankees made the most sense... Maybe the Brewers as a dark horse. Nope... It was the Twins riding across the finish line like they were Tonalist. What were the odds here... 60 to 1?
2. Kendrys Morales -- He's 30 years old and he was born in Fomento Cuba which is a place I'm sure we've all visited at one time or another. I don't have to tell you about Fomento. Our family was driving from Austin to New Orleans and since it was on the way... we took a little detour to check out Fomento and it's rich Norwegian Culture. Formento moved from Fomento to Havana and it was obvious at a young age that he could roll a good cigar. This led to prominent placement and stardom on the Cuban National Team. In 2003... It was claimed (Morales Denied) that he made contact with an agent and it turns out that the Cubans don't like agents... It actually turns out that nobody on the planet likes agents but in Cuba... talking to them will get you bounced from the team and sent back home. It doesn't matter if he made contact with an agent... He made 7 attempts to defect and on the 8th attempt he arrived on the Florida shores floating across on a raft. Once on American shores... He immediately went to the Dominican Republic to avoid the MLB Draft and was signed by the Angels. He stroked it in the minors and hit the majors in 2006. His first full season was 2009 and it was a breakout year... Hitting .306 with 34 Homers. In 2010... it was more of the same... On May 28 he had already hit 10 home runs and his 11th came on May 29th and it was a biggie. A walk off 10th inning Grand Slam. He was so excited about the homerun... He decided to break his lower leg in celebration. This knocked him out for the rest of 2010 and all of 2011. He Returned in 2012... and the average had dropped a little and so did the power but it was still plenty good. He was traded to Seattle in the off season for Jason Vargas and 2013 was a lot like 2012... Not pre-injury but still plenty good. The Angels needed pitching and had spent 12 zillion dollars on Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols. All in All... Kendrys Morales was a star in Cuba and he was a star in America. He can hit... He's plenty good and he's a Twin!!!
3. Jason Kubel -- First off... I don't take the same attitude toward Jason Kubel that some do. Yes... He was really struggling right now and no... I don't know why. Players do struggle from time to time and I don't think recent struggle should define them. I don't believe that his recent struggles mean that he's done. Players can snap out of it. However... I do think that the Twins releasing him may mean that he is done. We will have to see what happens to Kubes going forward. This morning... I'd like to thank Jason Kubel for all his years with the Twins and I do hope he ends up in Rochester to see if he can get his bat going again. When his bat was going he was a very nice hitter and he's awfully young to be totally convinced that he'll never do it again. But... He will need an actual job first. Morales is an upgrade and upgrades are how you get better and Kubel was an obvious choice to be released.
4. Collin McHugh -- McHugh rhymes with McWho??? This guy was nobody... A 2008 18th Round selection by the New York Mets out of Berry College in Georgia. He made his first start for the Mets after being called up to fill in for an injured Johan Santana and later traded to the Rockies for Eric Young Jr. He threw 19 innings for the Rockies last year and produced an ERA of (9.Horrible) and was DFA'ed by the pitching starved Colorado Rockies and claimed by the Astros as an I assume "WTH" signing. The Astros called him up early when Scott Feldman got hurt and he struck out 12 batters in a little over 6 innings and he just kept doing it. Everybody was assuming that McHugh would eventually be sent down but nobody is assuming that anymore. After 50 2014 Innings... His ERA is at 2.52 and he has struck out 54 batters while only walking 14... His WHIP is 0.96. This isn't nobody right now... This is a guy who has numbers that argue All Star Game. I haven't seen him pitch yet but I look forward to watching him throw today.
5. Patience -- While my wife was trapped under the couch she was trying to lift downstairs. She was downstairs... I had no idea what the problem was... She was just calling my name and I was yelling back to hold on because Arcia was about to hit. Her yelling got more intense as time went by and finally Arcia got done hitting and I went downstairs and I noticed her under the couch. She said... "Finally... Get this off me... I haven't got all day".
I thought about that for a second and I told her... "Actually... You do have all day? That's how life works... You always have all day.
Edited by Riverbrian, 08 June 2014 - 12:03 PM.