Things to think about ... in Brian's absence, we've had some 'guest' input ... feel free to add your own following this.
1. Kyle Gibson. Kyle went to high school in Greenfield, Indiana. Kyle had to sit out his sophomore season after Indiana high school officials learned the signing bonus he received from Greenfield Central to transfer from a small catholic school exceeded state HS guidelines. Kyle is tall...he stands six foot six, just like the famous Big John who saved all those miners from that worthless pit. You would think being tall and from Indiana, Kyle would have been a college basketball player, but he chose to play baseball instead at the University of Missouri, probably after watching the basketball team play a pickup game at lunch. Kyle later helped pitch the US to the gold medal at something called the World University Games, where the team received a bye into the final round and were then awarded the championship when offivcials were shocked to learn no universities from other nations feature intercollegiate baseball. He was then drafted in the first round of the 2009 major league rule 4 amateur draft, and, having learned his lesson about signing bonuses, took only the recommended $1.8m to sign. Kyle is also a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame according to a wiki entry by noted baseball historian "VodkaDave." (Chief)
2. Colby Lewis. Lewis is 34 years old and hales from Bakersfield, CA. Bakersfield is a small community in southern CA nestled between Buttonwillow and Caliente. It's said to have been founded by a bunch of bakers who realized that it was hot enough there to make their products without the use of ovens. Now it's more of a farming community and the worlds largest exporter of Colby Jack cheese, which is where Lewis gets his first name. Lewis is having one of his worst professional seasons sporting an ERA just south of 6 with a WHIP of 1.84. He's the type of pitcher the Twins tend to covet with a FB averaging 88.66 MPH. He compliments that with a slider that he can throw for 83. (diehard)
3. Hits: We need some. The offense has been in a slumber, even if the occasional ninth-inning rally has made the final scores look closer than the games really were. It's often said that hitting a round ball with a round bat is the hardest thing to do in sports. I don't know if that's really true; it's also kind of hard for a 190 lb quarterback to stand there when a 270 lb linebacker is in the vicinity and accelerating. But maybe the Twins can grab a hand plane from the groundskeepers' storeroom and flatten one side of their bats, or maybe TC Bear can hijack the bag of game-day balls and stomp on them a bit to flatten them (just the ones the other team will have to throw, of course). Anything, just get some more hits, guys. (Ash)
4. Arlington, little known fact, Arlington is the home if the international Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum. The Centre was previously located in St. Louis and was housed in the same building as the Cardinals up until 2008. It reopened in Arlington in 2010 and is considered the single biggest motivator for the Cards beating the Rangers in the 2011 World Series, providing closure for thousands of Missouri bowling aficionados. (north)
5. The community. Sharing the games with others. Whether you are at the game with a group of friends, or there by yourselves high-fiving the stranger sitting next to you over that homerun, or watching at the local watering spot with your neighbors discussing what move Gardy should have made, or here, online, spouting off here and there as if sitting out in the bleachers, beer in hand, with a thousand of your nearest and dearest online friends; no matter what your situation, it's a community we share. I come here online because I don't live close enough to Twins Territory to be there in person or to have a local watering spot to go to filled with other Twins fans. It's nice being around other Twins fans to celebrate or commiserate moments of the game. No matter if the Twins win or lose, I can always count on Brian and Ash to yuck it up some way; Chief to add some kind of 'curmudgeony' comment that sums it up or sets me straight in 10 words or less (when he's not napping); JB sharing the latest Berardino tweet; jokin summarizing the most logical outcome based on all the stats he can find, certain he's educating all of us on the right way of things; snepp flitting in and out with some post that lightens the mood; and everyone (feel free to add your own) contributing the little bits and pieces that create the community we share making it unique and unparalleled anywhere. I'm glad to have this place. But mostly I'm glad Willihammer changed his avatar to something other than Dozier's head on top of that Kool-Aid man, even if the new one is wearing pink lipstick. (chi)
With that said ... go Twins! Play ball!
Edited by ChiTownTwinsFan, 29 June 2014 - 11:42 AM.