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Article: Game Thread: Twins v Padres, 9/12 @ 7:10pm CT

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#1 Riverbrian

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:50 AM

It’s just a little two-game series starting tonight at Target Field against the San Diego Padres. Padre is a nice universal word that means “Father” in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. In major league baseball… Padres means 100 to 1 odds.

Here are some things to think about:

 

1. Hills, Minnesota – Just as San Diego is tucked into the extreme Southwestern corner of the United States, Hills is tucked into the extreme Southwestern corner of Minnesota. There are many similarities, such as, if you travel due south you enter Iowa where very few speak English. If you travel due east, there is a vast expanse of nothingness until you die. And San Diego and Hills have both won the exact same number of professional sports championships.

2. Our Twins – There are 162 games in the major league baseball schedule. The Twins have played 143 of them and that leaves them with 19 games to go. If the Twins win the remaining 19 games… they will still finish 13 games behind the Cleveland Indians who will never lose another game.

3. The Padres – They are young and they think they are building something and they just might be doing that. One thing is for sure… they won’t have to worry about losing players to free agency anytime soon. None of the position players in the starting lineup have over 3.15 years’ service time. This makes most Padre fans sad because they were hoping to lose them quicker.

4. Today’s Joe M Conversation:

Morgan: The glass is half empty!

Montana: The glass if half full!

Maddon: Guys… please… use a coaster!

McCarthy: I’m not going to get involved with this debate… not today

Mauer: What is special about today, Joe?

McCarthy: It was 75 years ago today that I asked the girl of my dreams on a date.

Maddon: That is impressive… 75 Years.

McCarthy: And today I asked her to marry me.

Montana: Nice touch… well done.

McCarthy: She turned me down both times.

5. Road Rage – On my way home from work yesterday… some guy was texting and driving and he drifted into my lane so I shouted at him, “Stop texting and pay attention!” He shouted back… “Go to Hell!” and took off down the road. I walked into the house and told my wife that I was just told to go to hell by a crazy driver and she replied… “And you came straight to me.”
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Lineups:

PADRES
Manuel Margot CF
Carlos Asuaje 2B
Yangervis Solarte DH
Wil Myers 1B
Cory Spangenberg 3B
Jabari Blash RF
Erick Aybar SS
Matt Szczur LF
Austin Hedges C

Travis Wood P

TWINS
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer 1B
Jorge Polanco SS
Eduardo Escobar 3B
Byron Buxton CF
Eddie Rosario RF
Robbie Grossman DH
Jason Castro C
Ehire Adrianza LF

Kyle Gibson P

Weather: clear and sunny, until sunset at 7:31pm, 81 deg F to start but dropping into the 70s, no sign of rain, winds at 6mph from the SSE. Now that's a nice night for baseball!

Play ball! Go Twins!

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 06:48 AM

Go Twins! I will be at the game tonight so let's skunk these clowns!
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:33 AM

 

4. Today’s Joe M Conversation:

Morgan: The glass is half empty!

Montana: The glass is half full!
 

Yes.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:40 AM

 

Yes.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:50 AM

My cup is halfsize.

So it overrunneth.

And was tagged out.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:54 AM

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That means technically my gas tank is always full too?
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:04 AM

 

That means technically my gas tank is always full too?

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 12:41 PM

Have they announced who Moya will replace on the 40 man?


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 12:46 PM

5. Road Rage – On my way home from work yesterday… some guy was texting and driving and he drifted into my lane so I shouted at him, “Stop texting and pay attention!” He shouted back… “Go to Hell!” and took off down the road. I walked into the house and told my wife that I was just told to go to hell by a crazy driver and she replied… “And you came straight to me.”

 

Sounds like RB has taught Mrs. RB well.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:10 PM

Whether the Twins take 1 or 2 in San Diego, imo this is a great opportunity for Molitor to get the less experienced relief pitchers (Moya!?, Tonkin, Curtiss, etc) more seasoning and to give Buesnitz, Hildy, Rogers, Belisle somewhat of a break. After splitting the KC series it just seems like the perfect time for someone new to step up and contribute!

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:26 PM

I'm probably the TD resident expert on Hills. I've been there twice. Both times at night. There wasn't much to see.

 

Legend has it that a couple of Scandinavian settlers named the town. They were out wondering around the flat prairie for a couple of weeks looking for a place to settle when one of them spotted a rise on the horizon. "WTF is that?" Ole asked, pointing at the rise. Lars scratched his, uh, tender parts and answered "Hills?"

 

Truth be told, Hills-Beaver Creek was the home of one of Minnesota's winningest (sp) high school basketball coaches, Hugo Goehle, selected for the the MN Coaches Hall of Fame back in the late 1980's. Hugo completely changed his offense and defense every half. So opposing coaches came in with a game plan for the first half and a prayer book for the second half. Besides being a master strategist, Hugo was a class act and a real gentleman. I've never been whupped by a nicer guy. Hard to find coaches like that anymore.

 

By the way, it's a little known Wikipedia fact that Hills' racial breakdown includes .01% Pacific Islander.

 

Somebody must have really hated the ocean.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:24 PM

 

I'm probably the TD resident expert on Hills. I've been there twice. Both times at night. There wasn't much to see.

 

Legend has it that a couple of Scandinavian settlers named the town. They were out wondering around the flat prairie for a couple of weeks looking for a place to settle when one of them spotted a rise on the horizon. "WTF is that?" Ole asked, pointing at the rise. Lars scratched his, uh, tender parts and answered "Hills?"

 

Truth be told, Hills-Beaver Creek was the home of one of Minnesota's winningest (sp) high school basketball coaches, Hugo Goehle, selected for the the MN Coaches Hall of Fame back in the late 1980's. Hugo completely changed his offense and defense every half. So opposing coaches came in with a game plan for the first half and a prayer book for the second half. Besides being a master strategist, Hugo was a class act and a real gentleman. I've never been whupped by a nicer guy. Hard to find coaches like that anymore.

 

By the way, it's a little known Wikipedia fact that Hills' racial breakdown includes .01% Pacific Islander.

 

Somebody must have really hated the ocean.

Did he whup you on the basketball court? Or was it at a bar?

 

(queue Chief response)

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:28 PM

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(Mind, my electric chirping isn't what it used to be)

I'm sorry, would you mind repeating that? I think i might have a bad rotivator...

Oh, you think this path to the play offs is far too rocky?

(Now if only i can find Obi-wan Colon...)
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:33 PM

 

(Mind, my electric chirping isn't what it used to be)

I'm sorry, would you mind repeating that? I think i might have a bad rotivator...

Oh, you think this path to the play offs is far too rocky?

(Now if only i can find Obi-wan Colon...)

Help me, Obi-wan Big Sexy. You're my only hope.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:33 PM

I've been in Hills a few times and they have a pond that probably seems like the ocean if you live in SW Minny.

 

Rock county is one of four counties, in Minny, with no natural lakes. That makes any body of water a big deal, even having a bathtub is a big deal.

 

Hills has never been hit by a hurricane, however.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:35 PM

 

(Mind, my electric chirping isn't what it used to be)

I'm sorry, would you mind repeating that? I think i might have a bad rotivator...

Oh, you think this path to the play offs is far too rocky?

(Now if only i can find Obi-wan Colon...)

I'll see your "rotivator" and raise you a "turbo encabulator."

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:42 PM

Padres
Travis Wood (L)

1. Manuel Margot ( R) CF
2. Carlos Asuaje (L) 2B
3. Yangervis Solarte (S) DH
4. Wil Myers ( R) 1B
5. Cory Spangenberg (L) 3B
6. Jabari Blash (R ) RF
7. Erick Aybar (S) SS
8. Matt Szczur ( R) LF
9. Austin Hedges ( R) C

Twins
Kyle Gibson (R )

1. Brian Dozier ( R) 2B
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
3. Jorge Polanco (S) SS
4. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B
5. Byron Buxton (R ) CF
6. Eddie Rosario (L) RF
7. Robbie Grossman (S) DH
8. Jason Castro (L) C
9. Ehire Adrianza (S) LF

And the scrabble advantage is too close to call... I thought we had it until i saw their 8th batter.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:45 PM

I'll see your "rotivator" and raise you a "turbo encabulator."


Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed...

The ability to encabulate turbos is insignificant next to the power to empty a half-full cup.

Or the bases, mixaforically speaking.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:30 PM

 

Whether the Twins take 1 or 2 in San Diego, imo this is a great opportunity for Molitor to get the less experienced relief pitchers (Moya!?, Tonkin, Curtiss, etc) more seasoning and to give Buesnitz, Hildy, Rogers, Belisle somewhat of a break. After splitting the KC series it just seems like the perfect time for someone new to step up and contribute!

 

Let's hope that's because the Twins have 5-7 run leads in each game.  Now is not the time to be resting your best pitchers....though, in the Twins bullpen, 'best' is a very loose term.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:35 PM

 

 


 

 

 

1. Hills, Minnesota – Just as San Diego is tucked into the extreme Southwestern corner of the United States, Hills is tucked into the extreme Southwestern corner of Minnesota. There are many similarities, such as, if you travel due south you enter Iowa where very few speak English. If you travel due east, there is a vast expanse of nothingness until you die. And San Diego and Hills have both won the exact same number of professional sports championships.

 

Damn, Hills has been pretty impressive in their long history (professional indoor soccer is still professional!!)

 

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