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    ewen21 got a reaction from flpmagikat in It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Bomba Squad   
    There seems to be some avoidance over this so whey you say "chilling about it" you pretty much explain Rocco's touch.  He didn't embrace the history for whatever reason last year.  I felt alienated when Rocco said, "I'm not frustrated at all" after last year's 3 and out.
     
    It's funny because the team tries to act all relaxed like it isn't a big thing, but until they can face fact and admit:  YES, this is a big deal we aren't going anywhere.  Time to own it.
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    ewen21 got a reaction from Longdistancetwins in It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Bomba Squad   
    There seems to be some avoidance over this so whey you say "chilling about it" you pretty much explain Rocco's touch.  He didn't embrace the history for whatever reason last year.  I felt alienated when Rocco said, "I'm not frustrated at all" after last year's 3 and out.
     
    It's funny because the team tries to act all relaxed like it isn't a big thing, but until they can face fact and admit:  YES, this is a big deal we aren't going anywhere.  Time to own it.
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    ewen21 got a reaction from Battle ur tail off in Re-Load vs. Re-Tool vs. Re-Build for 2021   
    Buxton is the guy who got picked off in the 8th inning, just as he is the guy who runs full speed into a wall.  Hard to say what the future holds for him given his constant battles with injuries and dizziness.
     
    I see a BJ Upton-like trajectory for him.
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    ewen21 got a reaction from papabobnd in It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Bomba Squad   
    There seems to be some avoidance over this so whey you say "chilling about it" you pretty much explain Rocco's touch.  He didn't embrace the history for whatever reason last year.  I felt alienated when Rocco said, "I'm not frustrated at all" after last year's 3 and out.
     
    It's funny because the team tries to act all relaxed like it isn't a big thing, but until they can face fact and admit:  YES, this is a big deal we aren't going anywhere.  Time to own it.
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    ewen21 got a reaction from IndyTwinsFan in It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Bomba Squad   
    Rocco made some pretty dumb calls and there is no question, but I don't care who we had in that dugout.  It could have been Casey Stengel, Earl Weaver, Tony LaRussa, Muller Huggins, whatever.  It comes down to this team (once again) putting together terrible at bat after terrible at bat. It is clear that when the Minnesota Twins reach the playoff the goal has already been achieved.  That message has been deeply inculcated into the players coming though our system before they even reach the big leagues.  Rocco has been indoctrinated into it as well.  In fact, they selected him because they thought he was intelligent and understood analytics and they knew he was a "people person" and a players guy.  He proved how super-chill he was after last year's embarrassment:
    "I'm not frustrated at all"
    That ring a bell for anyone?
     
    We have seen this rerun many times over and it is basically the same thing.  We have lost 17 playoff games in a row.  In those last 17 games we have scored 41 runs.  In the last 15 losses we have scored 31 runs.  We can go on and on about pitching, defense, managerial moves, umpiring, shifts, etc....I don't care.  If this team is going to average two runs per game in the playoffs they are going nowhere.  Rocco deserves to be ripped, but then when he's gone and we get swept out of the playoffs again what are we talking about?
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    ewen21 got a reaction from Original_JB in It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Bomba Squad   
    There seems to be some avoidance over this so whey you say "chilling about it" you pretty much explain Rocco's touch.  He didn't embrace the history for whatever reason last year.  I felt alienated when Rocco said, "I'm not frustrated at all" after last year's 3 and out.
     
    It's funny because the team tries to act all relaxed like it isn't a big thing, but until they can face fact and admit:  YES, this is a big deal we aren't going anywhere.  Time to own it.
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    ewen21 got a reaction from Original_JB in It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Bomba Squad   
    Rocco made some pretty dumb calls and there is no question, but I don't care who we had in that dugout.  It could have been Casey Stengel, Earl Weaver, Tony LaRussa, Muller Huggins, whatever.  It comes down to this team (once again) putting together terrible at bat after terrible at bat. It is clear that when the Minnesota Twins reach the playoff the goal has already been achieved.  That message has been deeply inculcated into the players coming though our system before they even reach the big leagues.  Rocco has been indoctrinated into it as well.  In fact, they selected him because they thought he was intelligent and understood analytics and they knew he was a "people person" and a players guy.  He proved how super-chill he was after last year's embarrassment:
    "I'm not frustrated at all"
    That ring a bell for anyone?
     
    We have seen this rerun many times over and it is basically the same thing.  We have lost 17 playoff games in a row.  In those last 17 games we have scored 41 runs.  In the last 15 losses we have scored 31 runs.  We can go on and on about pitching, defense, managerial moves, umpiring, shifts, etc....I don't care.  If this team is going to average two runs per game in the playoffs they are going nowhere.  Rocco deserves to be ripped, but then when he's gone and we get swept out of the playoffs again what are we talking about?
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    ewen21 got a reaction from GNess in It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Bomba Squad   
    Rocco made some pretty dumb calls and there is no question, but I don't care who we had in that dugout.  It could have been Casey Stengel, Earl Weaver, Tony LaRussa, Muller Huggins, whatever.  It comes down to this team (once again) putting together terrible at bat after terrible at bat. It is clear that when the Minnesota Twins reach the playoff the goal has already been achieved.  That message has been deeply inculcated into the players coming though our system before they even reach the big leagues.  Rocco has been indoctrinated into it as well.  In fact, they selected him because they thought he was intelligent and understood analytics and they knew he was a "people person" and a players guy.  He proved how super-chill he was after last year's embarrassment:
    "I'm not frustrated at all"
    That ring a bell for anyone?
     
    We have seen this rerun many times over and it is basically the same thing.  We have lost 17 playoff games in a row.  In those last 17 games we have scored 41 runs.  In the last 15 losses we have scored 31 runs.  We can go on and on about pitching, defense, managerial moves, umpiring, shifts, etc....I don't care.  If this team is going to average two runs per game in the playoffs they are going nowhere.  Rocco deserves to be ripped, but then when he's gone and we get swept out of the playoffs again what are we talking about?
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    ewen21 got a reaction from Twins33 in Want to know the most infuriating thing about this 17 game streak crap?   
    They score first and act like they are trying to run the clock out.  Its been one horrendous at bat after another.  
     
    Here's a fun fact:  In those 17 consecutive losses we have scored 41 runs.  I don't care if we have gold glovers all around the diamond and three aces.  You don't win when you push a little more than two runs across the plate per playoff game.  Hasta luego, Placido Domingo!
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    ewen21 got a reaction from flpmagikat in Want to know the most infuriating thing about this 17 game streak crap?   
    They score first and act like they are trying to run the clock out.  Its been one horrendous at bat after another.  
     
    Here's a fun fact:  In those 17 consecutive losses we have scored 41 runs.  I don't care if we have gold glovers all around the diamond and three aces.  You don't win when you push a little more than two runs across the plate per playoff game.  Hasta luego, Placido Domingo!
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    ewen21 got a reaction from Danchat in Want to know the most infuriating thing about this 17 game streak crap?   
    They score first and act like they are trying to run the clock out.  Its been one horrendous at bat after another.  
     
    Here's a fun fact:  In those 17 consecutive losses we have scored 41 runs.  I don't care if we have gold glovers all around the diamond and three aces.  You don't win when you push a little more than two runs across the plate per playoff game.  Hasta luego, Placido Domingo!
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    ewen21 got a reaction from PDX Twin in Byron Buxton Goes Deep   
    A very definite pattern has developed over the years. Every single time the season starts Buxton looks completely overmatched in the batter’s box. He’s 1 for 13 with 6 strikeouts and “small sample size” doesn’t apply. He’s started every single season horribly. Why is this?
     
    Over the last few years he’s been vocal about hitting and what works for him. He’s talked about his need to be comfortable with what he’s doing. I’m not thinking about how he goes back on balls right now (as important as it is for him to clean up). I’m more concerned about his cluelessness in the batters box
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    ewen21 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Byron Buxton Goes Deep   
    A very definite pattern has developed over the years. Every single time the season starts Buxton looks completely overmatched in the batter’s box. He’s 1 for 13 with 6 strikeouts and “small sample size” doesn’t apply. He’s started every single season horribly. Why is this?
     
    Over the last few years he’s been vocal about hitting and what works for him. He’s talked about his need to be comfortable with what he’s doing. I’m not thinking about how he goes back on balls right now (as important as it is for him to clean up). I’m more concerned about his cluelessness in the batters box
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    ewen21 reacted to mikelink45 in First Round Busts: The Twins Struck Out Three Consecutive Years   
    And if the scouting director failed so did Terry - that is how it works in management
     
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    ewen21 got a reaction from glunn in Coronavirus   
    Hey, my sister lives in Kenilworth.  You know where that is?
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    ewen21 got a reaction from glunn in Coronavirus   
    I live in a small town in northern Dutchess County, NY state.  Not too far from Poughkeepsie.  We are supposed to be opening things up here, but whether it is reluctance on the part of shop owners or the worst case scenario (they are never opening) is hard to say.  I can say I have not seen ANY small shop opening these last couple of days and that is heartbreaking.  The Galleria Mall in Poughkeepsie has a Dick's Sporting Goods and I wanted to order a set of 25lb dumbbells for curbside pickup.  I guess exercise equipment is nearly impossible to get here since we have been hunkered down for 2 and a half months now and people need to exercise.  I am still waiting to know when the items come in so I can pick them up.
     
    I am married, but my wife lives in FL (she will move after my stepdaughter finishes high school next summer).  Over the last two years we have logged a lot of flights, but it has not been hard at all, but at this point the game has changed.  We have not seen each other since February.  I made (and cancelled) flight arrangements 3 times because of restrictions, cold feet on both of our parts.  It has been taxing for both of us.  I am going to fly out of Albany on June 11th and will pretty much stay until school starts.  We play on flying up here together sometime in late July/early August to get away from the heat.  This has been particularly hard on me.  My aunt passed away from a respiratory illness in mid-March (but tested negative for the virus--I have my doubts about that though).  Since it was so sudden and she was very close to my mom it hit my mom real hard.  Making matters worse for her my step father has been having more and more trouble with memory, etc....(ex-offensive lineman in college).  They have a great relationship and I couldn't ask for a better second dad but he isn't the same as he was even a year ago.  Suddenly I am keeping watch on both of them as my sister lives in those famous northern suburbs of Chicago and my brother has relocated to the Orlando area with his family.  I have visited my parents once a week since after my aunt passed, mostly to support my mom.  I have not even hugged her.  We have practiced social distancing and when I am down there we are mostly outside walking or sitting outside and grilling for lunch.  Last weekend was the first time we had a meal together indoors.  It was the second time I was indoors in someone else's house since early March.  I have a friend that lives across the street with multiple myleoma (doing very well with treatment, but still likes a few beers) who convinced me to come over and knock back Mooseheads on his deck on warm Friday several weeks ago (It actually snowed here May 9th).  Thank heaven I live right near Main Street and not where I lived several years ago.  I have walked with a two different people several times (wearing masks).  I have talked to neighbors outside when I have seen them.  That is it.  That is the extent of my human interaction outside of saying hello to people when I walk through the village in my town.
     
    I haven't shook a hand or so much as touched another human being since Monday, March 16th when my neighborhood pub closed for business at 8:00 that evening.  I shook hands with two guys who I have known for years as we had out last call and that is it.  That is how long it has been.  From March 16th until now and counting.  Of course, I have made weekly trips to Hannaford (local grocery store) and Walmart.  I have filled my gas tank up just twice in two and a half months.  I have done some hikes in solitude out in the Woodstock area.  There just isn't much I can do other than distance teach.  All I can say is THANKS BE TO GOD that I am working from home and getting paid.
     
    That said, I do know that I am leaving here June 11th for Florida and things are opened up more there.  My wife and I have agreed we aren't going out to eat for a long long time.  It will be almost four months by then.  It is so crazy.  When she was up here in February our conversations were about real estate and where we were going to move.  We can't live here because it needs to have 3 bathrooms.  Since this broke we have not talked about real estate at all. As a matter of fact, her mother took a fall on Palm Sunday and broke her wrist and she has been caring for her a few times a week helping her shower and do her hair.
     
    It really is unreal how much priorities have changed.
     
     
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    ewen21 got a reaction from glunn in Coronavirus   
    Oh my God.  I don't even know, but I am so leveled by this.  I can't even comprehend it man.  I am sorry.
     
    I live in New York state.  I am not in the metro area, but I am not that far from it.  I could be in Manhattan under two hours.  My cousin and his wife have lived there for 25 years, not too far from the UN building. My wife and I were down there on February 22nd.  It was only her 4th or 5th time and the first time we went together. I am glad we went because I am not sure when I am going there again.  It has had a major impact around here.  We were supposedly "opening it up" here yesterday, but I didn't notice quite frankly.  It has been nearly 2 and a half months now.
     
    I was allowed to go into my classroom for the first time since school closed.  It was like a time capsule.  I had to bag student items.  Lockers, folders, books....it took hours.  I work gloves and a mask.  The date on my desk cube still read Friday, March 13th.
     
    I am sad for you.  Sorry.
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    ewen21 reacted to Craig Arko in Would you attend a game right now?   
    No way in hell.
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    ewen21 reacted to Tomj14 in Would you attend a game right now?   
    Nope, but not because of Covid, because right now I am worried abut MPLS leaders getting on the same page as the police. But this talk of defunding them has me more concerned.
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    ewen21 got a reaction from bunsen82 in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    I am glad that you did.  What a brilliant post!
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    ewen21 reacted to diehardtwinsfan in Grief and pain in our community   
    I'm not here to debate the nuances of the phrases. I want less dead. If that means all lives matter, so be it. But ultimately, less people need to be needlessly dead at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect.
     
    Clear pattern is what I bolded, because I'm not quite sure at quick glance that it's as clear as we all think. This is what I'm trying to find right now, so perhaps you can enlighten me because what I'm seeing in the numbers says we need to look at this closer... 
     
    This is the 2018 stat I found... take a closer look at the race break down from what I suspect is a pro LE site. It's not disproportionately black. (note, I have a real problem with police brutality just in case anyone wants to accuse me here, but no one here recognizes names like Dylan Noble or Zach Hammond, and the only reason why people know Justine Damond was because she's an attractive white woman and in our case from Minneapolis... sorry, I'm a real cynic here. It shouldn't be this way, but I don't believe for one minute that what goes viral simply because it happened. Prove me wrong, because I need more faith in humanity)
     
    This is 2019 from stastica.com, which I hope at least attempts to be neutral.
     
    This is 2013-2019 which supports your case a bit more, but from what looks like a not so pro LE site, so sadly I have to note that.  
     
    This is 2017-2020 which when normalized to percentages of population might support your conclusion a bit more (albeit I didn't bother trying to calculate the standard deviation), but the raw numbers do not. (note: statistica again).
     
    Just looking at these sites I see a clear pattern in volume that doesn't quite add to your conclusion.. the numbers don't quite line up between all of them which concerns me to a big extent because it calls everyone's source into question.
     
    So I changed up and looked into population percentages. African Americans amount to roughly 13% of the population (note I found numbers on both sides of that and only linked the Wiki which puts it at 12.6%). Based on that number, there seems to be an elevation of percentage of African Americans being killed by cops. I'm not sure on the confidence of those numbers since we're talking about roughly 1k people total per year across races against 320+M people in the US, but at first glance it should be a bit more in your favor here.
     
    I guess where I'm going with this is to ask the math questions no one seems to ask... Are we sure it's a race thing and not a poverty thing or perhaps something else? We do this in baseball all the time when we talk about correlation and causation.  Not that poverty (or something else) is an excuse or that brutality is OK ever.. but I'm asking, because I don't think the numbers are quite as "clear" as you're implying. 
     
    Let me be clear to those that don't know me well, I'm not pro LE or pro BLM. I want less killings. I don't want cops killed (full disclosure, my sister is a cop). I don't think all cops are bad. I want protests because they need to happen, but I also think that the rioting and looting is bad too. I think stereotyping cops as bad is bad. I also think concentrating on looters during protests is just bad too because ultimately most cops don't want people dead and most protesters have no interest in looting and rioting. In general, a stereotype is bad.
     
    In my opinion, the only time I think a police killing is justified is when someone is actively attempting to kill an officer (i.e. they attempted to kill first) or another civilian (I'm a bit more willing to relax the standards here in the sense that police are using force to stop someone from killing someone else who isn't a cop). I don't think "I thought s/he had a gun" is justified, and I do not think that it's at all acceptable for either side to retaliate. I hope I covered all the scenarios... don't flay me if I didn't.
     
    There's a real problem with police killing innocent people, and it needs to be fixed as way too many unarmed people end up dead (this should be incredibly rare, and far more so than it presently is)... but any time I look at the numbers I see something that's bigger than a race issue. Am I wrong? Perhaps. But is it fair to ask that we put perception aside and ask for reality?
     
    We're baseball fans first and foremost... and supposedly, we're really good at this kind of stuff. How about we put our politics aside for the moment and spend some energy looking at it from this perspective. Any takers?
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    ewen21 got a reaction from diehardtwinsfan in Grief and pain in our community   
    Thanks. I didn't expect a like for anything I said, but at the same time I would like to have a conversation. There needs to be a clear distinction made between the protesters and the rioters. At the same time I believe the protesters need to take a break and regroup. We have COVID-19 to deal with still. Stores have been destroyed without fires and looters and now they are being burned and or completely ransacked. This has to stop, law enforcement needs to step up and for that to happen the ones how have been protesting peacefully for over week now should get out of the way so that can happen.
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    ewen21 reacted to bunsen82 in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Boy am I glad I didn't see this post for a couple days.  Even still, a lot to unpack. 
     
    1. In general many individuals do not understand- the extent of racism, or things or symbols that could be construed as racist.  To have an entire post focused on an individual player who is extremely young and not likely fully aware of past historical context is short sighted at best. 
     
    2. There are a few bad cops out there, there are a lot of good cops out there.  Just like there are a lot of good protestors out there and there are also a few vandals, thieves, and individuals have extremely poor intentions that are merely looking for an excuse to violate the law with potentially getting away with it. 
     
    3.  If we are looking for tolerance and understanding, there is better ways to try to educate and have conversations that calling out players, posters, admin ect.   (This goes for all sides)
     
    4.  I have seen seen the posts stating african-american individuals are more prone to be targeted, injured killed ect than white individuals.  There is truth to this, but it also doesn't paint the full picture.  There is multiple reasons african-americans are only 3% of the population yet 30% of the incarcerated population.  Its due to quality of education received, opportunities, generally lower incomes, not as many good role models readily available, and an important distinction- minimal financial resources to afford good attorneys.  Watch the movie Just Mercy.  Overall a very good summation of some of the issues and racism that is still occurring in this nation.   How do you fix this, you invest time, energy and money to help create a better opportunity.  It will not solve all the problems but it will allow individuals to be on a more equal footing for opportunities. 
     
    5.  This is a pet peeve of mine, but I get frustrated with individuals on facebook or even posters hear who appear to feign outrage whether due to true feelings or merely to appear politically correct in the moment than actually doing something that will cause change.  This includes putting in time, energy money and generally just being involved with minorities, or lower classed individuals.  Then you will gain more appreciation for their circumstances by actually building relationships with those individuals but also allowing for lasting impacts in their lives. Otherwise this post will just be forgotten about in a week or two - just like the nations focus on the issue similar to the 2015 2016 black lives matter protests.  What exactly did those protests acheive? From my perspective obviously minimal impact. 
     
    6.  Lastly the epidemic allowed to create this tinderbox, due to creating more financial uncertainty for many individuals, putting minorities more at risk by dis proportionally putting them at risk by either working in factories that didn't have the resources or plans to protects them, and bringing to the forefront an issue that has continued to be an issue for this country as it has been since essentially this nation was formed. 
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    ewen21 reacted to Yossarian in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Several years ago, ESPN became political.  I turned them off.  They did politics subjectively.  Their views weren't original or thought-provoking, but repetitive and trite like much of the pathetically inept print and electronic media.  Recently, after having just about burned its brand to ashes, ESPN chucked the political and returned to concentrating on sports.  I turn them on once in a while.
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    ewen21 reacted to TFRazor in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Also Adding this as it was my initial response before I edited it. Transparency if nothing else: (So you're going with "black cops don't think their own lives matter"... Yeah, that makes sense.)
     
    You stated:
    1. The blue lives matter gets trotted out whenever police are acting like black lives matter less in the course of them doing their work.
    2. That using the blue lives matter motif is a trope used to deflect from another issue.
    3. You asserted that it's "hard to find a black cop wearing that flag insignia". And following that up with a mention about how maybe you could with an exhaustive google search. (Just an aside I found one on the first page of a google search so it wasn't that difficult.)
    4. You then say that it is an "exclusively white cop thing"
     
    Sorry, but I'm connecting the dots as you laid them down.
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