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GAME THREAD: Angels v Twins, 7/25 @ 1:10pm CT


Message added by Squirrel,

I know this has been one, big frustrating season ... but stop referring to anyone as idiots, garbage, worthless, etc. That is unacceptable at Twins Daily. 

Game four of the 4-game series. I'm hoping the Twins will even the score. I bought some chicken at the grocery store today, and am planning to have it for dinner tonight. But it wasn't at all because I was concluding, or even hoping for a win ... because that would be a huge jinx, and you know me about that. Or should. I'm quick to hush y'all up when one of you issues a jinx-like statement. I just wanted some chicken and hadn't fixed some in a while. Maybe, just to be on the safe side, I won't fix the chicken until tomorrow. Toi! Toi! Toi!*

So, I was excited about the potential of today's game because I thought Ohtani was going to pitch. It was going to be my opening comment. I was going to say, 'Reasons to Watch ... Ohtani.' And that was going to be it. I mean, he's the most exciting player in baseball right now. Is he the most exciting player of all time? I think I'll wait until the end of his career to say that, but I think it's certainly safe to say ... that is the path he's on. Anyway, he's still DH-ing ... but we won't see him pitch today. 

So, instead we have Barria vs Ober. Neither have faced each others' teams before. While Barria has had a couple years of major league experience, he hasn't been up but for a couple of games so far this year and has been on the 'rovolving-door ride' between the LA Angels and the Salt Lake Bees (LAA's AAA team). If I were Ober, would I be relieved or disappointed? I mean, on the one hand, that would be some pressure going up against Ohtani, but then, being the competitive sort I am, I would be looking forward to the challenge. That said, I like our chances against Barria and his 10.25 era better than Ohtani. Then again ... it's the Twins. Life is always a series of 'Fortunately, Unfortunately', or vice versa.

The other thought I had was ... okay, I miss Cruz. Yes, I'm going to mention him even though his mentions are 95% of the site talk the last few days. I miss Cruz, his bat, his person, his influence. It's going to be felt, it is being felt, imo. But it was the absolute right thing to do. And I'm surprised we got what we did for him. Yes, van, I know ... you graded this trade a C ... but if your claim is you can't grade this trade yet ... why did you give it a C? Like I said the other day, on paper, this was a good trade ... a win-win trade. But we won't know the exact outcome for a couple years to come. Even if one of the pitchers becomes 'serviceable' on the major league roster in a year or two, it's a win for us. Cruz was not going to make a difference for this team going to the playoffs and beyond this year (hahahaha ... Twins in the playoffs, let alone beyond? hahahaha), so we got something for him. And I'm happy for him and his chances to help the Rays ... a team worthy to cheer for, imo. So, this is a win for Cruz, and because it's a win for him, I'm happy about it. Because he's that kind of a person. And before all of you start complaining about Rooker being up, about Rooker striking out (but he did break up the no-no last night and scored a run for us) ... while he might have been the call up to put on the major league roster with Cruz' departure, he is NOT Cruz' replacement, so, in a lost year, and Rooker's 'still getting experience,' yes, we know ... he's not Cruz, won't ever be Cruz, cut him a bit of slack. We need to see how he is and if he will have a place with us after this season. He's not Cruz so let's lower our expectations just a bit. He's not Cruz and this was still the right move for the FO to make. (Yes, this is all imho, so I expect some of you will complain about my saying this at all.)

Other random thoughts ... I'm still seeing ads for 'press on nails' for dogs ... who does that??? Seriously ... why? Is there a reason for this I'm over-looking? But if there is, why colored and glittery? Aren't you afraid they will swallow one or two or three?

It's going to be a hot and sunny one today, so if you are at the game, or out and about, on water or land, keep hydrated!

Play ball! Win Twins?

ANGELS

David Fletcher (R ) 2B
Shohei Ohtani (L) DH
Justin Upton (R ) LF
Jared Walsh (L) 1B
Jose Iglesias (R ) SS
Brandon Marsh (L) CF
Max Stassi (R ) C
Adam Eaton (L) RF
Jack Mayfield (R ) 3B

Jaime Barria (R ) P

TWINS

Max Kepler (L) RF
Brent Rooker (R ) LF
Josh Donaldson (R ) DH
Miguel Sano (R ) 1B
Jake Cave (L) CF
Willians Astudillo (R ) 3B
Nick Gordon (L) 2B
Ryan Jeffers (R ) C
Andrelton Simmons (R ) SS

Ober P

 

*What 'Toi! Toi! Toi!' means.   Another definition.

 

 

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Nice start! It's time to schedule introductions for August game threads. A Google doc has been composed and there remain several dates to be spoken for on the document. Whether you are experienced at doing the intros or not, here is a chance to put your mark on a game thread. Here is the link to the Google doc:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cQ3ay_qridH_9C0O9RIbb1EcvY-OdGAm8uwqZ4eEz48/edit

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1 minute ago, USAFChief said:

Heh...I expected that definition link to take me to an ad for ugly, overpriced shoes. 

lol ... you clicked on it??? I didn't think you would ... yes ... anyone in the performing arts knows 'toi, toi, toi' but the rest of you may not

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1 minute ago, Squirrel said:

lol ... you clicked on it??? I didn't think you would ... yes ... anyone in the performing arts knows 'toi, toi, toi' but the rest of you may not

I did...instantly regretted it....then was relieved. 

 

Then disappointed. 

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1 minute ago, Squirrel said:

heh ... says the man with more than twice that many ... who has told about that many more Dad jokes than me, too ;) 

What did the performing arts lady's granddaughter ask for for Christmas?

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3 minutes ago, USAFChief said:

I did...instantly regretted it....then was relieved. 

 

Then disappointed. 

I thought you would at least enjoy the 2nd definition, heh ... each superstition has its own story of origins (a good dad joke, for you)

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7 minutes ago, Nine of twelve said:

All you needed to know were two words: Phil Cuzzi

To be fair, it was a bang--long pause--bang play, and Phil was a good 4 feet away looking directly down on the bag. Tough call. 

 

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This team is averaging 2 runs this entire series against LAA's duct-taped back of the rotation garbage starters.

Unwatchable. For a team with this much talent to be playing like this, management needs to do a 180 on whatever cockamamie philosophy they are rolling with. Horrendous.

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