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Game Thread: White Sox@Twins 6/20 7:10PM

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#1 Riverbrian

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:21 PM

Bri: Will we start on time? Will we start with players in the lineup? ChiTown... Will Start later... Right Here.

Chi: Well, Bri, considering the forecast, I think we'll start on time ... unless there is another deterrent other than the weather. So, here we go ...

Game-time forecast: Sunny. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Temperature around 80.

White Sox:
SP, Noesi

Eaton CF
Beckham 2B
Gillaspie 3B
Abreu 1B
Dunn DH
Ramirez SS
Viciedo RF
De Aza LF
Flowers C

Twins:
SP, Nolasco

Santana SS
Dozier 2B
Mauer 1B
Willingham LF
Morales DH
Suzuki C
Arcia RF
Escobar 3B
Fuld CF

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Things to Think About:

1. New Toys -- New Toys are always fun and Yohan Pino was a new toy last night and he did not disappoint. Hyper Twins Fan such as ourselves have been watching the same guys day in and day out and it great to get to know them... But... everyone once in awhile... A fresh athlete can capture the interest of us all and revitalize. Pino certainly did that last night.

2. Old Toys -- While New Toys are great... It's the Old Toys who must get the job done. If the Twins are going to take off and get it going. Joe Mauer must get it going and lead the way. We've been concerned about Joe but I think we all know he's capable of going nuts... It's time to go Planters Joe.

3. Hector Noesi -- He's 27 years old from Esperanza in the Dominican Republic. He was signed by the Yankees and after a touch of Tommy John Surgery he made his way slowly up the Yankees farm system with very little attention paid to him. The Mariners thought they saw something when the acquired him from the Yankees in the Montero/Pineda Deal. Whatever they saw in him... It's quite possible that it was foggy morning to be looking at people. Noesi pitched to the tune of 5.77 with the Mariners in 2012 and they sent him down to Tacoma. Sending someone down to Tacoma from Seattle is geographically correct if South is considered down. The Twins really can't send someone down to Rochester... They have to send them sideways or across to Rochester. Noesi was DFA'd by the Mariners to start the season and the Rangers took a two week interest in Hector and then DFA'd him two weeks later. This is where the White Sox come in... They picked him up and stopped his Sam Fuld like bouncing around. His ERA sits at 5.37 for 2014... So he still is isn't impressing anyone. If the Twins don't light up the Noesi tonight... You know the slump is all Twins and not an amazing bad luck of run of hot pitchers.

4. Oswaldo Arcia -- Speaking of slumps... Arcia is in a grand canyon sized slump. It earned him a two day break from the lineup and tonight he's back... batting 7th. He doesn't have to get a hit... He just has to hit the ball hard and if he does... we will know that he has improved and in the process of waking up. If he is still swinging and missing... You might as well put Parmelee back in for the Saturday game.

5. Doing the Dishes -- I don't like doing the dishes... No one really does... But here's the deal... It's only fair that I do the dishes when my wife cooks... Because I make my wife do the dishes when I take her out to a restaurant.

Edited by ChiTownTwinsFan, 20 June 2014 - 03:28 PM.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:31 PM

5. Doing the Dishes -- I don't like doing the dishes... No one really does... But here's the deal... It's only fair that I do the dishes when my wife cooks... Because I make my wife do the dishes when I take her out to a restaurant.


LOL ... actually my favorite household task. If I do them "by hand" (i.e. not in a dishwasher), I find washing dishes very soothing plus I get incredibly clean fingernails. I will admit that I despise putting clean dishes away (maybe I need 2 D/W drawers. Use clean out of one and put dirty in other ... eliminate the need for cupboards).

But anyway you look at it, I'd rather do dishes than clean the bathroom, vacuum, change sheets, dust, etc. etc. etc.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:50 PM

4. Oswaldo Arcia -- Speaking of slumps... Arcia is in a grand canyon sized slump.


Our daughter hiked the Grand Canyon a couple of weeks ago - 48 miles or whatever. If Arcia needs any tips on getting out, have him get in touch with me and I'll pass his questions along.

/ edit: the team trainers can at minimum make sure Arcia is staying hydrated

Edited by ashburyjohn, 20 June 2014 - 04:33 PM.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 04:17 PM

I was at Target Field yesterday from the start of the rain delay up until the final out. It was worth being sleep deprived today for work. By the time the game started, I pretty much had the Metropolitan Club to myself.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 04:34 PM

Heading out shortly to watch the Reno Aces play ball. Have a good game!

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 05:10 PM

It was nice to see Joe Mauer get a couple timely hits last night.

Today I prayed very seriously to my Gods to help Joe permanently find his way out of the darkness that has enveloped him.

I believe my Gods (the God's of St. Paul Proper), will answer my prayers, and bestow on to Joe the ability to hit at a .900+OPS clip the rest of the season.

I believe it to be their will and feel confident that my prayers will be answered.

Joe, the Gods will be looking down at you with the utmost generosity.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:16 PM

It was nice to see Joe Mauer get a couple timely hits last night.

Today I prayed very seriously to my Gods to help Joe permanently find his way out of the darkness that has enveloped him.

I believe my Gods (the God's of St. Paul Proper), will answer my prayers, and bestow on to Joe the ability to hit at a .900+OPS clip the rest of the season.

I believe it to be their will and feel confident that my prayers will be answered.

Joe, the Gods will be looking down at you with the utmost generosity.

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Whose the guy in the 10 O Clock position... He doesn't look real.
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:16 PM

It was nice to see Joe Mauer get a couple timely hits last night.

Today I prayed very seriously to my Gods to help Joe permanently find his way out of the darkness that has enveloped him.

I believe my Gods (the God's of St. Paul Proper), will answer my prayers, and bestow on to Joe the ability to hit at a .900+OPS clip the rest of the season.

I believe it to be their will and feel confident that my prayers will be answered.

Joe, the Gods will be looking down at you with the utmost generosity.

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Ahahahahahahah. Great pic.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:18 PM

So, Ricky Nolasco.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:18 PM

Yikes. Nolasco is really struggling. We gave this guy $49M?

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:18 PM

That was a mistake... I don't think anyone would plan on leaving a fastball in that spot to Jose Abreu.
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:19 PM

Did I lose a year somewhere?

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:19 PM

Got any more 30somethings down on the farm to call up?

There is no May and Mayer. They're made up.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:20 PM

That was a mistake... I don't think anyone would plan on leaving a fastball in that spot to Jose Abreu.


Ricky Nolasco sure makes a lot of mistakes.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:20 PM

Man, I really loved that Nolasco signing. But, jeez, he is just not the same pitcher he was in Miami/LA

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:21 PM

Sounds like Chicago is giving us the Toronto treatment...

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:23 PM

Ricky Nolasco sure makes a lot of mistakes.


More mistakes to come if he insists on leaving his pitches up in the zone.
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:24 PM

At what point are we allowed to panic about Nolasco?

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:25 PM

Sounds like Chicago is giving us the Toronto treatment...


Toronto Treatment? That isn't even good enough for Rob Ford!!!
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:32 PM

Whose the guy in the 10 O Clock position... He doesn't look real.


It is real - I took the photo yesterday down by the great river. He is St. Paul's one and only Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant - of which a locally famous gut rot beer was named after. I'm not sure if that beer is around anymore?

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:38 PM

Toronto Treatment? That isn't even good enough for Rob Ford!!!


Well, Toronto came back only once in three attempts against us from a 2 run first inning deficit, i sure hope we can do it once in well, one attempt, i hope.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:41 PM

It is real - I took the photo yesterday down by the great river. He is St. Paul's one and only Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant - of which a locally famous gut rot beer was named after. I'm not sure if that beer is around anymore?

http://en.wikipedia..../Pierre_Parrant


Bark my friend... It's a good photo... Here's a photo I took of a dog across the street.
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:42 PM

Well, Toronto came back only once in three attempts against us from a 2 run first inning deficit, i sure hope we can do it once in well, one attempt, i hope.


Oh... You were talking about baseball. ;)
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:45 PM

The way Viciedo plays defense... I'm starting to doubt he's Cuban.
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:47 PM

Finally, Arcia makes contact with a baseball.

There is no May and Mayer. They're made up.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:48 PM

I like Escobar.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:48 PM

Bark my friend... It's a good photo... Here's a photo I took of a dog across the street.
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That is fantastic! It looks like your neighbors are having a good time. That is one helluva handsome dog.

Attached is a picture I took when I was in Portland, Maine. I believe this couple was arguing over where they wanted their daughter to attend to college.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:49 PM

Escobar!!! Are we getting to the point with him... That he just might be beyond a fluke streak.
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:50 PM

Those of us who are starved for offense, might be going to baseball's version of Old Country Buffet tonight.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:52 PM

Escobar!!! Are we getting to the point with him... That he just might be beyond a fluke streak.


I am becoming a believer!