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  1. Good Morning Twins fans! We have an early Monday game today. This is a make-up game from earlier this year against the Detroit Tigers. After the ugly loss against Milwaukee yesterday the Twins will try to get back on track today against the lowly Tigers. For the rest of the year I'm somewhat hesitant to cheer for my beloved Twins. At this point being 18 games behind the White Sox I'm cheering for a better draft pick next year. However, I'd still like to see the new kids being pulled up from minors perform well and build that confidence for next year. I'm encouraging people to post comments to the Game Thread from work today (for those of us working). Make sure you leave out any NSFW comments today if posting from work. Keep it clean and professional. For those of you posting from home you can take a little more risk. Beware however, Twins Daily Moderators are always patrolling these Game Thread waters. If you are posting from work, it would be fun to share what you do for a living. If you are participating today from home and looking for a full-time job in manufacturing, PM me and we can discuss job opportunities. We need more people asap, especially 2nd shift! Maybe Twins Daily can start a job posting section??? Subject to Moderator approval of course. Enjoy today's early matinee ballgame! I'll be listening to it on the radio. Go Twins! Today's Lineups: TWINS: 1. Luis Arraez, 3B 2. Byron Buxton, CF 3. Jorge Polanco, 2B 4. Josh Donaldson, DH 5. Max Kepler, RF 6. Miguel Sano, 1B 7. Nick Gordon, LF 8. Ryan Jeffers, C 9. A. Simmons, SS P - Baily "it ain't" Ober (R) TIGERS: 1. Akil Baddoo, LF 2. J. Schoop, 1B 3. J. Candelario, 3B 4. M. Cabrera, DH 5. Eric Haase, C 6. H. Castro, 2B 7. Victor Reyes, RF 8. Zach Short, SS 9. Derek Hill, CF P - Casey Mize (R) Weather: Partly cloudy and 83 degrees.
  2. Good evening Twins fans and welcome back to more Game Thread excitement! The Twins did a nice job in Houston and now kick off a 9 game home stand against the Chicago White Sox tonight. Hopefully they can keep up the momentum. Not that it really matters this year but I would like to see some of our younger players start getting into the groove and build some confidence heading into 2022. Speaking of confidence, I'd like to see the following players hit above .220 so I can have confidence we can actually score runs in 2022. I know batting average stats are no longer in vogue but let's look at some averages. The players: Kepler (.211), Rooker (.176), Garver (.220), Sano (.211), Simmons (.216), Cave (.186), Larnach (.229 on the bubble). Speaking of guys that seem to have confidence....they include the following: Polanco (.272), Arraez (.318). Unfortunately it's a short list. Enough complaining, Let's start this home stand strong and see some younger guys get more playing time just so they can build their confidence. Did you pick up on the confidence theme tonight? I have all the confidence in the world that big Miguel Sano will go yard tonight and maybe drive in 4-5 runs. Now that's confidence! I might be delusional too but who cares. Go Twins! Tonight's Lineups: TWINS: 1. Max Kepler, RF 2. B. Rooker, DH 3. Jorge Polanco, 2B 4. Luis Arraez, 3B 5. Miguel Sano, 1B 6. Jake Cave, CF 7. R. Jeffers, C 8. T. Larnach, LF 9. A. Simmons, SS P - Beau Burrows, 0-0 with a 11.00 ERA YIKES! WHITE SOX: 1. T. Anderson, SS 2. C. Hernandez, 2B 3. J. Abreu, 1B 4. E. Jimenez, DH 5. Y. Moncada, 3B 6. B. Goodwin, RF 7. L. Robert, CF 8. L. Garcia, LF 9. S. Zavala, C P - Lucas Giolito, 8-8 with a 3.98 ERA Weather: Hot and humid, 85 degrees
  3. Good Morning Twins fans and welcome back to more Game Thread banter and fun! We have moved past July and are now entering the hot month of August. The Twins ended July on a high note with a win last night. Hopefully they can start the month with a win this afternoon. Entering August 1st our team is dead last in the Central with a .419 winning percentage...Got to admit I didn't see that coming when we started in April. Oh well, we have each other to entertain us and a bunch of new young talent from the Rays and Blue Jays to watch. Speaking of game thread fun, it was suggested in last nights game thread I do a survey on what your favorite beverage is while watching the Twins play. I'll tell you I prefer a nice bourbon poured over one large ice cube during evening games. Afternoon games might be a cold beer or a Tito's and soda with a lime. I have to say my consumption during this putrid season has increased. Funny how that happens...By the way, does anyone want to trade me a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle for a home wrecker (1.75 liter of Windsor Canadian)? PM me if interested! What's your favorite beverage while watching the Twins play? Go ahead and post your beverage of choice below. Don't be shy! "You do you and we won't judge" (stole the Tito's slogan). Go Twins!! This afternoon's lineups: TWINS: 1. Max Kepler, CF 2. Brent Rooker, LF 3. Jorge Polanco, 2B 4. Luis Arraez, 3B 5. Mitch Garver, C 6. Miguel Sano, 1B 7. Trevor Larnach, RF 8. A. Simmons, SS 9. Michael Pineda, P CARDINALS: (expected lineup, not posted as of 11:30am) 1. D. Carlson, RF 2. P. Goldschmidt, 1B 3. N. Arenado, 3B 4. T. O'Neil, LF 5. Y. Molina, C 6. H. Bader, CF 7. Tommy Edman, 2B 8. Paul Dejong, SS 9. Adam Wainwright, P Today's weather: 80 degrees and partly cloudy.
  4. TWINS, TIGERS AND TIP-TOEING THROUGH THE TULIPS Thank you Buck Owens for predicting the Twins 2021 future so far in advance. Love the nighttime highway construction worker “don’t-hit-me” suit. I wonder if it comes with a plug-in cord or if it’s battery operated. The Twins are sort of like Buck; deceased but still playing. The Twins chances of making the play-offs are dead, fini, zilcho. In other words, their buck stops here. And though Buck still sounds good, the Twins… well, they don’t even smell good. Those big birds circling over the stadium? Buzzards. It’s just a question of which current Twins players are dead meat, trade bait, or building blocks for a hopefully much better 2022 season. The Tigers are only mostly dead, there’s a difference between all dead and mostly dead. The 3rd place Tigers are drifting more slowly down the River Styx whereas the Twins have a 190 hp motor on the back of their pontoon. No question as to which team is going to reach the far shore first. So bet on a lot of carrion in the stadium tonight. No, not "carry-on", as in luggage, though the Twins do seem to have a lot of baggage; "carrion" as in dead meat. Dead meat. The phrase begs it’s own question; does anybody eat live meat? Maybe other than a cannibal whose Weber is on the fritz? I had a Webber once. He was married to my first cousin. Actually she wasn’t my “first” cousin. More like the twentieth or twenty-first if I list them by age. I come from a large family. We could start our own country. One of my uncles was large enough to play football for both the Packers and the Detroit Lions. Not at the same time. Nobody’s that large. But my large uncle’s Detroit playing time gives me the bone-a-fidos to write this game thread. Arrf! Anyway, Webber was blind as a bat (little baseball talk there). But it didn’t stop him from driving. He drove out to our place for a family reunion once and I had to stand out at the end of the driveway and flag him down after he drove right by a half dozen times. That was despite the sign on the road with our family name and a florescent arrow pointing at our house. Still took three passes to get him to pull in after I started flagging him down. Felt like I was one of those guys with the ping pong paddles and the old-fashion leather football helmet that stands on the deck of an aircraft carrier in those old World War II movies and guides planes in for a landing. “Pull up! Pull up g@%$#&it!” Clowns hold an annual event they call Grimaldi’s Funeral. It’s a festival recognizing some clown named Joseph Grimaldi who’s considered the father of clowning. Clowns come from miles around to join in the fun. Sort of like the 3rd place Tigers coming to play the last place Twins. Though with all the speculative trade talk, this series could prove to be more funeral-like for some of the ball players, others might just be clowning around. You know, like they’ve been doing all season. In the meantime the buzzards will be circling… “Pull up! Pull up g@%$#&it!” Bring your forks. Mound Clowns Twins: Pure Happ - enstance 4-4 6.09 ERA 59K Tigraes: Turik "Screwball" Skubal 4-4 4.35 ERA 100K WWE Lineups Twins "Handsome" Jorge Polanco 2B Josh "Hamstring" Donaldson 3B Nelson "The Hammer" Cruz DH Trevor "Long Ball" Larnach LF Ryan "The Ripper" Jeffers C Miguel "The Whiffer" Sano 1B Max "Panzerfaust" Kepler RF Gilberto "The Gunner" Celestino CF Andrelton "Where's My Glove" Simmons SS Tigers Niko "Should've Kept Me" Goodrum SS Jonathan "Goes For Me Too" Schoop 1B Eric "Hasenpfeffer" Haase LF Miguel "Missing In Action" Cabrera DH Jeimer "Can-Can" Candelario 3B Zack "A Dollar" Short SS Willi "Wonka" Castro 2B Nomar "The Nomad" Mazara RF Jake "Shake 'n Bake" Rogers C
  5. Good afternoon Twins fans and welcome back to more Game Thread fun and excitement! Can our Minnesota Twins win tonight in front of a full stadium? Local media in Minneapolis report that tonight's game is sold out and the stands will be full. Personally I'm glad I'm not going as it's hot as Hades here...game time temperatures will be almost 94 degrees with a heat index near 100. I think I prefer watching tonight's game in a dark bar with a few cold ones lined up. Happy July 5th by the way! It is the officially observed holiday at least according to my iPhone calendar. Hope most of you had the day off today. I had the day off and didn't do much. Getting ready to grill up some burgers and brats for dinner tonight and listen to the game on WCCO. I like listening to the game on the radio, it's so old school. In case you wanted to know, all my kids along with a few of their significant others are home tonight and they eat literally everything in the house. Four pounds of burger just doesn't seem to go as far as it did...It's time they all get real jobs and help their old man out with the groceries. Big game tonight! Can the Twins get past the White Sox? Not sure but that's why I'll listen to the game and find out. The lineup tonight is somewhat underwhelming...I'll let you decide. Gotta run now, college kids say we are low on beer. I'll throw them a $20 and tell them to buy a case of Hamms. I'll be drinking the good stuff. Go Twins! Tonight's lineups: TWINS: 1. Luis Arraez, 3B 2. T. Larnach, LF 3. Jorge Polanco, 2B 4. Alex Kirilloff, 1B 5. Max Kepler, RF 6. Miguel Sano, DH 7. Nick Gordon, CF 8. Ben Rortvedt, C 9. A. Simmons, SS P - Bailey Ober, R WHITE SOX: 1. Tim Anderson, SS 2. Yoan Moncado, 3B 3. Jose Abreu, 1B 4. B. Goodwin, CF 5. Y. Grandal, C 6. Gavin Sheets, DH 7. A. Vaughn, LF 8. Adam Eaton, RF 9. Leury Garcia, 2B P - Dylan Cease, R Weather: HOT! HUMID! SWEAT FACTORY!
  6. NEITHER HERE NOR THERE I always liked the Royals. No, not Thee Royals, although you have to admire the Queen Mum and her recently deceased husband, Prince Phillip. As young folks they both did their bit in World War II, the Queen serving in the Motor Pool and Phillip in the British Navy. No, I’m talking about the KC Royals. I actually followed them quite heavily back in the late 70’s - early 80's, mostly because Tom Poquette’s brother was a frequent visitor to my Eau Claire office. I knew if Tom had a good day at the plate his brother was going to pop in to talk baseball and ogle my secretary. Not sure which drew most of his attention but my secretary might have had the edge. But even now as well as back then you can’t talk about the Royals without mentioning George Brett. Brett is one of four players in MLB history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average (the others are Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron). Says something about how great a player he was. Brett was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, with what was then the fourth-highest voting percentage in baseball history (98.2%), trailing only Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Ty Cobb and he was AL MVP in 1980 batting .390, the highest batting average over a full season since Ted Williams batted .406 in 1941. Here’s a Twins connection: Brett won his first batting title in 1976 with a .333 average but the title wasn’t decided until the final game of the season. There were four contenders for the title that year, all with a shot at taking the title in the last game of the season. And they met on the same field that last day. Brett and Royals teammate Hal McRae as well as Minnesota Twins teammates Rod Carew and Lyman Bostock were the contenders. Brett went 2-4 including an inside-the-park home run. McRae, batting just behind Brett in the line up, grounded out thus giving Brett his first batting title by something like .001. And we can't forget the infamous “pine tar” incident. Brett hit a 9th inning homerun against the Yankees and as soon as he crossed the plate the Yankee Manager, the peripatetic Billy Martin, challenged the play saying the pine tar on Brett’s bat exceeded the 18” maximum. It did, by about 6”. The umpire disallowed the homerun, sending Brett into a tizzy that got him ejected. The ruling was eventually overturned by the Commissioner who said the bat should have been disallowed from further use but the homerun should’ve counted. The two teams were then ordered to replay the game at a later date beginning at that 9th inning point of the game. The Royals won. You gotta like it anytime anyone beats the Evil Empire even if takes the Commissioner to step in. On the lighter side, Brett’s also credited by many sources to be the originator of the “Mendoza Line”; ie, batting .200. The Mendoza line has since become the de facto measurement for separating “good” hitters from poor hitters. If you're at or under .200, you're under the Mendoza line. I don't expect to see four players contending for the batting title on the field today. Nelson Cruz is in 6th place in the American League with a .305 average and KC’s Whit Merrifield comes in 16th sporting a .289 batting average. No .390 hitter on either side. Gotta apologize for not listing pitchers and lineups as my internet provider keeps going down this morning. Gotta post this now just in case it goes out completely. Again. Sometimes it doesn't pay to live in the country. Oh< for the Game Threaders: Is there a way to edit your posting before final posting like there was in the old days?
  7. SPITSBERGEN - Baseball Style I had this buddy growing up; we called him LB, though it wasn’t his real name. He became LB when a high school nun who made a habit (chuckle) of misremembering names called him “Little Boy” because he was only five and a half feet tall. We teased him about it of course, but out of the kindness of our hearts we eventually cut Little Boy down to LB and he was thus christened from there on ever after. Me and LB were a Mutt and Jeff team. I hit six feet in junior high while LB labored to reach 5’4”. We took a lot of kidding about the discrepancy in our heights, but LB had a bigger heart than I did, so I overlooked his shortcomings. As he did mine. We played on the same city league baseball team. I played short and batted clean-up and LB was our everyday third baseman, our second pitcher in our two-man rotation and our back-up catcher. He was also our unanimous pick for team captain, partly because he knew more about baseball than the rest of the team put together but mostly because he had this small gap between his front teeth and he could spit better than any of us. Thhht! And a stream of spit would come flying out between those front teeth to land unerringly on the chosen target. If LB was playing third, thhht, he’d spit on third base, unless there was a base-runner. Then he’d spit on the runner’s shoes. If he was catching, thhht, the batter’s shoes would get it. When he was pitching it was a risky proposition for us infielders to conference on the mound. “LB, we got a slow guy on first and this next batter is a dribbler. Keep it low and let’s go for the double-play.” Thhht! Shoe toe - direct hit. “Dammit, LB!” Thhht! Knee cap. LB was no Gaylord Perry, but he did have a peculiar nasty curveball for our level of play. Fortunately our umpires, whichever adult happen to walk by when the game started, never thought to check the ball for foreign substances. Me, I tried spitting, but didn’t have a talent for it. What didn’t dribble down my chin wound up on my shirt front. If we’d been old enough to chaw tobaccy my uniform would have looked like it’d seen service in a porta-potty. Twisty, another buddy who often hung around with me and LB, was our first baseman and our team’s second-best spitter, but he had to be armed with sunflower seeds or he went dry. His cheeks loaded, Twisty could bury the first base area in sunflower shells by game’s end. Thuugh! And a pair of split shells would be ejected, tumbling aimlessly into the dirt. When LB was on the mound and Twisty at first us infielders were treated to a spitting concerto. Thhht! Thuugh! Thhth! Thuugh! Thhth! Thhth! Thuugh! Twisty kept a pack of sunflower seeds in his back pocket and would reload between pitches. He had it timed out perfectly. LB would toe the rubber, spit twice, check the sign, spit twice again, then go into his wind-up. But right in the middle of one game LB decided not to spit and went straight into his wind-up instead. The abrupt change of pattern threw off Twisty’s timing. The first baseman still had his glove tucked under one arm and was in the process of pouring a fresh batch of seeds down the hatch when the batter laced a hot grounder to short. I scooped it up on a short hop and accurately, which was usually about a 70-30 proposition for me, flamed the ball right into Twisty’s glove, which as mentioned, was not on his hand but rather tucked up under one elbow. The glove flew in the air, the ball flew down the baseline, the sunflower seeds flew to the ground and the runner flew down to second base, then third base as Twisty tripped over his glove and finally home while Twisty, back on his feet, chased the ball down the right field line. Probably the only time in history a guy scored an inside-the-infield homerun on account of a missed spit and a perfect throw into a bag of sunflower seeds. So why do I bother to relate this story? Well, because we’re playing the Evil Empire who always seem to find some ungodly way of embarrassing the Twins. Or maybe its the Twins who always find some ungodly way to embarrass themselves when playing the much-despised Yankees; misjudged fly balls, stumbling base-runners, cut-off throws that are either missed or thrown into the stands, horrendous fielding errors, wild flailing strikeouts with loaded bases, etc. etc. Whatever. My advice to the Twins; just try not to embarrass yourselves. We’ve all had enough of this losing thhht! Purely coincidentally, the Yankees are sending Gerrit Cole to the mound today just after “Ribs” Donaldson squawked about modern day pitchers he claimed were loading up the ball, Cole being on such pitcher. Should be interesting if the two face each other tonight. Pitching Matchup Twins: Keep Your Dobnak Up 1-5 6.17 ERA 22K Yankees: “Gooberball” Cole 6-3 2.26 ERA 104K Line-Ups To be posted later by an erstwhile reader after Rocco finishes comparing his spreadsheets to the results him and Falvey get from asking the Ouija Ball. Yankees: D. LeMahieu1B 58-227 15 3 2 .256 A. JudgeRF 59-204 34 14 0 .289 G. TorresSS 52-189 23 3 4 .275 G. StantonDH 41-160 24 9 0 .256 G. Urshela3B 53-198 26 6 1 .268 R. Odor2B 21-114 13 5 0 .184 M. AndujarLF 22-89 6 4 0 .247 K. HigashiokaC 14-76 9 5 0 .184 B. GardnerCF 25-129 5 1 1 .194 Twins: J. Polanco2B 48-202 24 6 3 .238 J. Donaldson3B 41-163 22 7 0 .252 T. LarnachLF 20-77 8 3 0 .260 N. CruzDH 49-175 25 10 1 .280 R. JeffersC 12-54 7 2 0 .222 A. KirilloffRF 26-106 18 4 0 .245 M. Sano1B 25-153 28 11 0 .163 A. SimmonsSS 39-151 13 2 0 .258 G. CelestinoCF 0-12 0 0 0 .000
  8. A Byrd In Hand The Byrds. No, not the Birds, the Byrds, the folk-rock band of the ’60’s. You know, “Roger McQuinn had a 12-string guitar it was like nothing I’d ever heard.” - David Alan Coe lyrics from his song “Willie, Waylon and Me”. I was always envious of Roger McQuinn of the Byrds. He could make a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar jingle-jangle while I had trouble plucking your basic 6-string. That’s how I wound up a bass man. Only had to pluck four strings. It was said I could play the bass by ear, but to be honest, I only ever used my fingers. I had a buddy, our rhythm guitar player, who also liked to play bass and sometimes the two of us would get together to drink a little beer and try to create a two-bass riff. Usually, after a couple hours of intense “practice”, the basses were loaded. The runs often came later. We both played in a garage band, that’s like Low A ball in the music world. We were just good enough to play cheap taverns for all the surreptitious beer we could drink, but occasionally we’d get real cash in payment; sometimes to stop playing. But there was one small town tavern that booked us every couple of months because we always packed the place. I often wondered if the semi-isolated town was that hard up for entertainment or if the local population was tone deaf. If so it could've been genetic. They kept calling each other “Cousin”. One of the cousins, a dishwater blonde with chapped hands, had a thing for me. I once told her an off-color joke during one of our frequent intermissions and she wrinkled up her face in disgust and scornfully demanded “God! How low can you go?” “Well, I am a bass man,” I told her. Needless to say I struck out. “So what the hell does all this have to do with the Twins game?” you demand impatiently, suspecting the Dastard is about to throw you a curve ball. “Patience, Grasshopper,” I reply in my best impression of a learned Shaolin monk. “A master weaver threads carefully.” Or should that be “treads carefully”? You know, so you don’t tear the rice paper as you run away from irate dishwater blondes. However I will graciously concede Roger McQuinn has nothing to do with today’s game or the Baltimore Orioles for that matter. But he does have something to do with Minnesota. You see the Byrds first hit was “Mr. Tambourine Man” which was composed by none other than Bob Dylan, a native Minnesotan who actually has musical talent. Dylan, according to legend, began writing “Tambourine Man” while attending Mardi Gras and completed it during a cross-country trip from New Orleans to New York with friends. One of those friends, according to Dylan, was none other than the ubiquitous yet often inspiring Mary Jane. Anyway, if you drive cross-country from New Orleans to New York City, you have to go through or around Baltimore. And if you’re into one of those wide-eyed driving-stupors that come on after too many hours behind the wheel, with or without Mary Jane, and get caught up in Baltimore rush-hour traffic you just might see a bird or two. Not a baseball player. Or Roger McQuinn. The middle finger kind. I know this from personal experience. Which, circuitously brings us back to today’s game with the Orioles; aka in sports writer slang; The Birds. It seems John Means, today’s pitcher for the Birds, recently got the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award for almost throwing a Perfect Game. Apparently Means did throw a Perfect Game, but since his catcher dropped a third strike pitch and the batter made it safely down to first, a runner did reach base and therefore technically Means threw a Perfect Game that can’t be scored as a Perfect Game. Talk about getting the middle finger. Just goes to show you that the end doesn’t always justify the Means. I know, I went a long way to get that one in and lend this effort a somewhat tenuous connection to baseball, but in my own defense I would like to point out that I devilishly turned the phrase “basses were loaded” and also used such iconic baseball words as “Low A”, “struck out”, "runs" and “curve ball” while threading my way to this denouement. I guess you could say I’ve been stringing you along. Whatever, it's time for the Twins to stop stringing us along and turn this season around if they want to avoid getting "birded" by their fans. Today's Duelists on the Mound Orioles - John “What Does It” Means 4-0 ERA 1.70 K- 59 Twins - Matt “The Cobbler” Shoemaker 2-5 ERA 6.08 K - 25
  9. Good Morning Twins fans and welcome back to another game thread extravaganza! Happy May Day too! Last night we took home a great 9-1 victory over the Royals. We also got a glimpse of Alex Kirilloff's talent. Between Kirilloff's two homers and Buxton's defensive greatness I actually got excited about this teams potential over the next month or so. I think we'll climb our way back up in the standings in no time (assuming the bullpen can pick it up). Speaking of May Day, My daughter turns 21 today. I'm not sure how 21 years can go by so quickly but they do! If she wasn't away at college I'd take her to my favorite watering hole and buy a few rounds of beer and watch the Twins beat up on KC...Happy Birthday Sarah! OK, back to today's game. I'm liking the lineup. Interesting batting order but I sure would not enjoy pitching to our first 3 hitters and our #9 hitter. Nasty. Let's GO Twins! Lineups: TWINS: 1. Byron Buxton, CF 2. Josh Donaldson, 3B 3. Nelson Cruz, DH 4. Jorge Polanco, 2B 5. Kyle Garlick, RF 6. Mitch Garver, C 7. Alex Kirilloff, 1B 8. A. Simmons, SS 9. Luis Arraez, LF P - Matt Shoemaker ® ROYALS: 1. W. Merrifield, 2B 2. Carlos Santana, 1B 3. Salvador Perez, C 4. Jorge Soler, RF 5. Ryan O'Hearn, DH 6. Hunter Dozier, 3B 7. A. Benintendi, LF 8. M. Taylor, CF 9. Nicky Lopez, SS P - Danny Duffy (L) Weather: Beautiful spring day in Minnesota. 80 degrees and sunny. No rain expected.
  10. Quick’s The Word And Sharp’s The Action Pirates Logo 1960-66 You gotta love the Pirates, if for no other reason than their team name and logo. I mean what kid hasn’t grown up playing pirates, jumping around the living room, slashing the air with a toy sword, maybe stabbing the kid brother a few times until he runs to momma crying like a baby? Advancing from playing pirates to becoming a Pirates baseball fan seemed like a natural transition for me back in 1960. You could say their logo shivered my timbers and because of that Pirate baseball cards were probably my first attempt at collecting anything. I’d save up my pennies (yeah, kids used to earn pennies for helping around the house back then) until I had enough dough to buy a five-pack of baseball cards for the princely sum of 25 cents. I’d slap my quarter down on the glass candy counter, rip open the card pack, pop the enclosed bubble gum into my mouth just to get it out of the way, then rifle through the cards with unconcealed excitement. Did I hit the mother-lode? Land one of the star Pirate baseball players; Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, NLMVP Dick Groat, Cy Young winner Vern Law, Roy Face, Harvey Haddix, or maybe even the colorfully named Vinegar Bend Mizell? Or had I been stuck with five unknown guys from teams I didn’t care about and who’d maybe already been banished back to the minor leagues? It was a feast or famine thing. Except for the bubble gum. And of course for the inevitable tooth cavities. My dad always swore baseball cards were invented by dentists. If the internet had been around back then he could’ve started another conspiracy theory for the weak-minded. This one might even have had a little bite to it. You know the drill. Arrrrgh! Sticking bubble gum aside for the moment, the 1960 Pirates was a heavily talented baseball team and when they met the Yankees in the World Series that year expectations for a nail-biting series were high. Few fans, however, expected the 1960 Series would turn out to be one of the weirdest World Series ever. Consider this: the Yankees outscored the Pirates over the Series 55-27, out-hit them 91-60, out-homered them 10-4, Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford threw two complete shutouts against them, and yet the Pirates won the title 4 games to 3. Arrrrgh! Other weird stuff: pitcher Harvey Haddix who won World Series Games 5 and 7 for the Pirates, was infamous for losing a perfect game in the 13th inning back in 1959; Game 7 is the only World Series game without a single strikeout by either team; Bill Mazeroski won Game 7 with a walk-off homerun in the 9th inning, the first (and maybe the only?) player to do so; the tapes for Games 1 thru 6 were erased when the Series was over (tapes were expensive back then so the TV studios reused them - and VCRs and DVRs hadn’t been invented yet) but Bing Crosby, who was a part-owner of the Pirates, was in Europe during the Series so he paid the Amex corporation to tape Game 7 at his California mansion so he could watch the final game when he returned home, but only if the Pirates won. Fortunately for baseball historians, the Pirates won both the game and the Series and after Bing came home and watched Game 7 on tape he tucked it away in his wine cellar where it remained, completely forgotten for 49 years. Rediscovered in 2009, its the only video record of any of the 1960 Series games. More weird stuff: Bobby Richardson, a member of the losing Yankee team, was chosen World Series MVP, the only time a player from the losing team was awarded the honor; Vinegar Bend Mizell, who went 13-5 for the Pirates during the regular season and took the loss in Game 3, was elected to the US House of Representatives after he retired from baseball; and Casey Stengel, the New York manager, was “retired” after this World Series for being too old and out of step with the times and thus made his famous comment, “I’ll never make the mistake of turning 70 again.” Oh, and Minnesota native (Winona) and former college pitcher for the Golden Gophers, Paul Giel, rode the bullpen pine for the Pittsburg Pirates during the Series and later spent a year (1961) on the Twins roster before retiring. Giel eventually became Athletic Director for the University of Minnesota where he served admirably for almost two entire decades. Nothing weird about that except Giel was a two-year (1952 and 1953) All-American football player for the Gophers and had turned down a $75,000 bonus to sign with a Canadian football team and instead was an MLB “Bonus Baby” taking a $60,000 bonus, a record at that time, to sign instead with the New York Giants baseball team. Arrrrgh! And now you know the rest of the story. Today’s story? Well, hopefully it won’t be as weird. But if the Twins go into ten innings again… Katie bar the door! On the Non-grassy Knoll Today, Two Shooters; Hurling for the Stars of Late Inning Histrionics: Michael Pineda 1-0 ERA 1.0 WHIP .72 AVG .159 Sword Fighting For the Swashbucklers: Trevor Cahill 0-2 ERA 9.69 WHIP 1.77 AVG .357 Just eyeballing the pitching match-up it looks like the Pirates will be walking the plank. But remember, weird, not bird, is the word. Today's Line-up Arraez Donaldson Cruz Buxton Kirilloff Polanco Astudillo Cave Jeffers
  11. Welcome back to the Twins Daily game thread party! After a rare Friday night off the Minnesota Twins will take on the Seattle Mariners this afternoon at Target Field for the second home game of the season. I have high hopes for the Twins today. Big Mike Pineda will be throwing the ball and our lineup looks decent. I still wish Donaldson was playing today, although I think he will be back in the lineup next week. I'll be listening to the game today and trying to post some as I pack up our basement. After 16 years in the same house my wife and I decided to sell our home as the kids have all moved out. Do you realize how much crap we accumulated over the years? I've made about 30 runs to Goodwill and probably have another 10 to do. The good news, we sold our house in one day. The bad news, purging and packing the stuff we've collected for the last 16 years. Word to the wise. Get rid of all that extra crap you have in your house now, before you decide to sell it. It's actually quite liberating to throw stuff out and purge closets and attics. It's almost like mental weight loss! A funny thought just crossed my mind...I think it's "moving day" at the Masters today as well. Go Twins! I want to win by 10 runs! Today's Lineups: Twins: 1. Jorge Polanco - 2B 2. Kyle Garlick - LF 3. Nelson Cruz - DH 4. Byron Buxton - CF 5. Mitch Garver - C 6. Max Kepler - RF 7. Miguel Sano - 1B 8. A. Simmons - SS 9. Luis Arraez - 3B SP - Big Mike Pineda (RHP) Seattle: 1. Mitch Haniger - RF 2. Ty France - DH 3. Kyle Seager - 3B 4. J. Marmolejos - 1B 5. Luis Torrens - C 6. Dylan Moore - 2B 7. T. Trammell - CF 8. Sam Haggerty - LF 9. J.P. Crawford - SS SP - Yusei Kikuchi (LHP) Today's weather: Partly sunny and 50 degrees. 2% chance of rain. 100% chance my wife will make me pack during the entire game.
  12. Good morning Twins fans and welcome to the "just another manic Monday" workday edition of a Game Thread extravaganza! I'm writing this introduction sitting at my desk and trying to get WCCO to come in more clearly on the radio. The building I'm in does an excellent job of keeping out radio signals...I might have to migrate to internet radio so I can listen to the ball game this afternoon if I can't get the antenna dialed in. I am expecting another fun filled game like yesterday's Easter smack down on the Brewers. Detroit has been playing ok but I believe the Twins will run away with this today. It will be fun to see if Arraez can keep up the torrid pace of making it on base too. That kid really is an exciting hitter to watch. I'm also interested in seeing how Shoemaker does on the mound today. The pitching has been more than solid the last few games. Hopefully everyone who is at work today can join in the game thread fun without getting into trouble from some prying IT or HR person. Those of you working from home or that have the day off should have no excuses for not participating today...I'm sure the sunny 80 degree weather in Minneapolis won't be a distraction for most of you either. Todays line up looks ok. Would prefer to see Donaldson and Buxton but excited to see how Rooker plays. A lot of familiar faces in the lineup today with the Tigers...Grossman, Schoop, Baddoo. Here's what we have on tap for today's game: TWINS: 1. L. Arraez (3B) 2. J. Polanco (2B) 3. Nelson Cruz (DH) 4. Max Kepler (RF) 5. B. Rooker (LF) 6. J Cave (CF) 7. M. Sano (1B) 8. R. Jeffers © 9. A. Simmons (SS) SP - Matt Shoemaker (RHP) TIGERS: 1. R. Grossman (LF) 2. J. Candelario (3B) 3. W. Castro (SS) 4. M. Cabrera (DH) 5. N. Mazara (RF) 6. J. Schoop (1B) 7. W. Ramos © 8. N. Goodrum (2B) 9. A Baddoo (CF) SP - Jose Urena (RHP) Weather in Detroit: Game time temperature 60 degrees. 2% chance of precipitation.
  13. To all the Twins fans around the world, welcome to another Game Thread extravaganza! This is probably the best area on Twins Daily to experience our members' unique wit and wisdom around baseball and the Minnesota Twins. The banter on Game Threads are quick and always snappy. Settle in for a great game, some bad jokes and a fun time....and please don't be afraid to participate. I know this is obvious but a win today for the Twins means a sweep against the Indians. It's great to see this team starting to get their offense going. It couldn't be happening at a better time...Look out White Sox! We're coming for you...4 games starting tomorrow. My crystal ball sees the Twins running away with the division after we win today and sweep the White Sox this week. I think the Twins win the division by 4 games. Not that it really matters, we will be in the playoffs anyway. I'm more concerned about everyone being healthy for the playoff run (that means you Kepler, Garver, Arraez, etc.). Pineda is gonna have a big day and my pick to click is Mr. Sano. Oh, almost forgot to pass along a non-baseball related public service announcement. I made a meatloaf last night and cooked it on the grill over a cedar wood plank. Turned out great! If you've never cooked meatloaf on the grill give it a try. You'll be in for a real treat! Go Twins! Todays Starting Lineups: Twins: 1. Max Kepler (RF) 2. Josh Donaldson (3B) 3. Jorge Polanco (SS) 4. Nelson Cruz (DH) 5. Eddie Rosario (LF) 6. Miguel Sano (1B) 7. L. Wade (CF) 8. M. Gonzalez (2B) 9. Ryan Jeffers © SP - Michael Pineda 1-0 (2.77 ERA) RHP Cleveland: 1. F. Lindor (SS) 2. C. Hernandez (2B) 3. J. Ramirez (3B) 4. C. Santana (1B) 5. F. Reyes (DH) 6. T. Naquin (RF) 7. J. Naylor (LF) 8. S. Leon © 9. O. Mercado (CF) SP - Triston McKenzie 2-0, (2.57 ERA) RHP Game Time Weather: 73 degrees and partly cloudy, winds light and variable. 0% chance of rain.
  14. Happy Labor Day weekend Twins fans and welcome back to more game thread action! The Twins are on a roll and finally playing with a little more fire in the belly. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer (technically it's September 22nd but whatever) my point is, there is not a lot of regular season baseball left to play. I would really like to see a 12+ game winning streak heading into the playoffs. Momentum will be the key to making it through the Covid type playoff system MLB designed this year. Also need to do a quick shout out to Byron Buxton, nice work last night!!! When I walked outside this morning to survey last nights hail damage, I turned on the radio to start my day and Boston's "More than a Feeling" came on...it got me thinking about past Labor Day weekends...For some reason, Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer always made a mark on me when I was younger. I still vividly remember the popular songs that played on the radio those late August and early September days in the 70's and 80's. Then I started thinking about truly end of summer songs. Which songs qualify as "end of summer songs"? I'm not really sure but decided to make a short list anyway and share the ones that come to mind. I know there's a lot more but figured this was a good start. I might as well turn up the volume, play a few of these while enjoying the last of the sunshine, warmth and humidity (tomorrow's forecast in Minneapolis is 59 degrees and rain) while watching the Twins beat up on Detroit this afternoon. End of summer songs. A short playlist by Twinssporto: "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley "Night Moves" by Bob Seger "Wake me up when September Ends" by Green Day "Summer Nights" by Grease cast "Summers Almost Gone" by The Doors "Hot Fun in the Summertime" by Sly and the family Stone (first of the fall and then she goes back, bye, bye, bye, bye there...) Go Twins! Today's Lineups: Brace yourself folks, it's kinda ugly... TWINS: 1. Jorge Polanco (SS) 2. Luis Arraez (2B) 3. Miguel Sano (1B) 4. Eddie Rosario (LF) 5. Brent Rooker (DH) 6. LaMonte Wade (RF) 7. Jake Cave (CF) 8. Ehire Adrianza (3B) 9. W. Astudillo © SP - Rich Hill (LHP) TIGERS: 1. V. Reyes (CF) 2. J. Schoop (2B) 3. M. Cabrera (DH) 4. J. Candelario (1B) 5. W. Castro (SS) 6. J. Bonifacio (LF) 7. T. Demeritte (RF) 8. G. Greiner © 9. S. Alcanatra (3B) SP - Casey Mize (RHP) Weather: Partly cloudy and windy. 83 degrees with a 10% chance of rain.
  15. Good evening and welcome back to the Twins Daily Game Thread party! Happy September 1st too. Only 30 days left of the regular season. If I'm gonna level straight with my gentle readers today, I am tired of this losing streak. To be honest, (because what I usually write on here are fabrications and lies) I'm a little angry and frustrated too. The losing streak ends tonight! Trust me! My win percentage when I do game thread introductions has got to be over .750. Everybody just relax, I am going to will us a win tonight. If these players can't get it done tonight I will do it for us. By the way, I also have some help tonight from a big Mr. Pineda and Mr. Buxton. I'm expecting good things from them tonight! Welcome back Pineda and Buxton!! Can someone from the training staff PLEASE roll out Donaldson's calves and get him back to the show soon? Frustrations aside, the Twins really do need to get their heads into the game and finish strong over the next 30 days. We need momentum heading into the playoffs. It starts tonight! My pick to click tonight: Byron Buxton Go Twins! Starting Lineups: TWINS: 1. Miguel Sano (1B) 2. Jorge Polanco (SS) 3. Nelson Cruz (DH) 4. M. Gonzalez (RF) 5. Eddie Rosario (LF) 6. Ehire Adrianza (3B) 7. Byron Buxton (CF) 8. I. Vargas (2B) 9. R. Jeffers © SP - Big Mike Pineda (0-0, 0.00 ERA) WHITE SOX: 1. T. Anderson (SS) 2. Y. Grandal © 3. J. Abreu (1B) 4. E. Encarnacion (DH) 5. E. Jimenez (LF) 6. L. Robert (CF) 7. N. Mazara (RF) 8. Y. Sanchez (3B) 9. N. Madrigal (2B) SP - Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.70 ERA) Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70 degrees
  16. Good afternoon and welcome to more Twins Daily Game Thread action! I had a whole different introduction planned for tonight but guess what? My plans changed. They changed for the better...my vendor came in from out of town and invited me to play golf today. Teeing off in 1 hour! Can't say I play golf very well but I like the free drinks that will come with it today! It's 90+ degrees in Minneapolis today so I'll probably drop a few pounds too. Seems like a win, win proposition to me. Now a win, win, win proposition would be the Twins putting (no golf pun intended) a thumping on the Indians tonight. Tonights Lineups: Twins: 1. Max Kepler (RF) 2. Jorge Polanco (SS) 3. Nelson Cruz (DH) 4. Eddie Rosario (LF) 5. M. Gonzalez (3B) 6.Luis Arraez (2B) 7. Miguel Sano (1B) 8. Lamonte Wade (CF) 9. Alex Avila © SP Jose Berrios Indians: 1. C. Hernandez (2B) 2. Jose Ramirez (3B) 3. F. Lindor (SS) 4. C. Santana (1B) 5. F. Reyes (DH) 6. Tyler Naquin (RF) 7. Greg Allen (LF) 8. R. Perez © 9. D. DeShields (CF) SP Mike Clevinger
  17. http://www.thegamblingforum.com/sites/default/files/field/image/twins%20vs.%20royals_0.png Welcome back to another exciting Game Thread installment brought to you by Twins Daily! The game last night was not fun to watch. Sounds like Odorizzi will be ok but probably very sore for a few days. According to reports from the Twins, Zach LittelI might be shut down for an extended period of time. Hopefully today's outcome turns out better. I am now officially tired of playing the Kansas City Royals. They're like an annoying fly or mosquito buzzing around my face...Enough already! I miss playing some of the other divisions. I miss playing AL East teams and I miss playing AL West teams. Speaking about missing things, I think I'm actually starting to miss my kids. Today we are driving our youngest son to school and my wife and I will become official empty nesters. All three kids are now enrolled full time at their respective schools or colleges...I figured I would use this game thread introduction to do a quick shout out to my family (yes, my kids read Twins Daily and like to read some of my posts). To my oldest son at Virginia Tech: Congratulations on making it to your senior year! The United States Army will be getting one helluva good officer next year. To my daughter at Iowa State: Enjoy your junior year. Keep studying hard and keep your distance from the boys! To my youngest son at Alexandria Tech: Have fun and learn as much as you can. Try not to party too much your first year away from home. To my wife: You did a great job raising these kids. They're all good people mostly on account of your patience and love. Thank you! OK, back to the game thread action! Someone will need to post tonight's lineups as I'll be loading my sons stuff into his new home. I checked but the official lineups have not been posted yet so I wrote in the expected lineups per MLB. Go Twins! Beat these pesky Royals! I'll be listening to the game in the car and probably passing to my wife a bunch of tissues on the way back home... Tonight's Lineups Twins: SP - Randy Dobnak 4-1, 1.42 ERA 1. Max Kepler (RF) 2. Jorge Polanco (SS) 3. Eddie Rosario (DH) 4. Marwin Gonzalez (3B) 5. Jake Cave (CF) 6. Miguel Sanó (1B) 7. Luis Arraez (2B) 8. LaMonte Wade Jr. (LF) 9. Alex Avila © Royals: SP - Brady Singer 1-2, 4.56 ERA 1. W. Merrifield (CF) 2. Nicky Lopez (2B) 3. H. Dozier (RF) 4. Jorge Soler (DH) 5. Ryan McBroom 6. M. Franco (3B) 7. Alex Gordon (LF) 8. A. Mondesi (SS) 9. C. Gallagher © Weather 90 degrees. 0% chance of rain.
  18. http://www.thegamblingforum.com/sites/default/files/field/image/twins%20vs.%20royals_0.png Welcome back to the Twins Daily game thread experience and happy Sunday! I was hoping to take both games against the Royals yesterday but at least we split the double header. Truth be told I'm already kind of tired of the Royals this year. They feel like a thorn in my side or maybe a thorn in the side of the Twins. Their starting pitching and bullpen in general is actually better than I expected along with a few guys in their lineup...the bright spot yesterday was seeing Zack Littell looking good. Another positive I see so far this year is that we are still winning without firing on all cylinders. Garver, Sano and Kepler are struggling. Rosario is playing marginal but improving. I think we are also missing the bat, defense and presence of Josh Donaldson. Throw in our missing starting pitchers and it feels like we are at 60% strength. I know I'm biased when it comes to the Minnesota Twins but when it all finally starts to come together I don't see many teams able to keep pace with them. Our lineup will be too dangerous along with a stellar bullpen and some decent starting pitching...they better hurry though, we're already 35% through the season. By the way, firing up the smoker around game time and cooking some ribs for dinner tonight. I see some fresh corn on the cob, coleslaw and cold beers in my future very soon. Go Twins! Start gelling dammit! Today's Lineups: Minnesota Twins: 1. Max Kepler (RF) 2. Jorge Polanco (SS) 3. Nelson Cruz (DH) 4. Eddie Rosario (LF) 5. M. Gonzalez (3B) 6. Luis Arraez (2B) 7. Miguel Sano (1B) 8. Byron Buxton (CF) 9. Alex Avila © SP Randy Dobnak 3-1 0.90 ERA (yes you read that correctly) Royals: 1. W. Merrifield (CF) 2. Nicky Lopez (2B) 3. S. Perez © 4. Jorge Soler (DH) 5. Ryan O'Hearn (1B) 6. H. Dozier (RF) 7. M. Franco (3B) 8. Alex Gordon (LF) 9. A. Mondesi (SS) SP Brady Singer 1-1 4.50 ERA Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy skies with light and variable winds. 1% chance of precipitation. 100% chance of smoked ribs and cold beer this afternoon.
  19. Good evening and welcome back to the always fun Twins Daily Game Thread! Get ready for some exciting baseball action along with a few laughs. I think Maeda is going to throw a real gem tonight. Sitting with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 2.65, Maeda is looking like a great addition to our rotation this year. I apologize for posting this late today but I got stuck on a conference call at work and couldn't get them to hang up. By the way, tomorrow I'm turning 49 years old. Somehow I just woke up one day and realized I'm going to be almost 50! Where did the time go? If any of you have hit 50 does it feel weird? I probably have more years behind me than I do in front of me (hopefully not but that whole Covid thing is hanging over our heads)... Anyway, tomorrow I turn 49. I'm going to celebrate by grilling something on my Big Green Egg, toss back a few cocktails and watch the Twins game on TV with my wife and my two remaining kids (who are heading back to college Friday) the other one already left for Virginia Tech. The Twins usually win on my birthday too, so we have that going for us! Let's go Twins! Tonights Lineups: Minnesota Twins: 1.Mitch Garver © 2. Jorge Polanco (SS) 3. Nelson Cruz (DH) 4. Eddie Rosario (LF) 5. M. Gonzalez (3B) 6. Miguel Sano (1B) 7. Jake Cave (RF) 8. Byron Buxton (CF) 9. Luis Arraez (2B) (P) Kenta Maeda 2-0, 2.65 ERA Milwaukee Brewers 1. Eric Sogard (SS) 2. Keston Hiura (2B) 3. C. Yelich (LF) 4. A. Garcia (CF) 5. Justin Smoak (1B) 6. Ryan Braun (DH) 7. Ben Gamel (RF) 8. Omar Narvaez © 9. Brock Holt (3B) (P) Eric Lauer 0-1, 9.53 ERA 77 degrees, 0% chance of rain
  20. http://www.thegamblingforum.com/sites/default/files/field/image/twins%20vs.%20royals_0.png Good afternoon and welcome back to another exciting game thread experience from Twins Daily! Too bad we snapped the 6 game win streak yesterday...I was actually thinking we could go 58-2 this year. Regardless, 57-3 is still a good year! I will say this is one of the most talented Minnesota Twins team I've ever seen (over 35 years). I only wish we were playing a full season. This group of players could put up some awesome numbers over a full 162 game schedule. It's nice to sit atop the win column over the rest of the league as well. The +29 run differential is nice to look at too. Only the Dodgers are better at +33. I think that says a lot about our team even when our offense doesn't seem to be firing on all cylinders yet. O.K. - back to tonight's game and the start of a three game series against the Kansas City Royals! As a way to encourage game thread participants to stick around longer tonight I thought I would recycle a game thread opener I did a couple of years ago...people are actually still talking about it today. Tonight and tonight only we will be giving out some amazing prizes for the best predictions and guesses to a few of my simple questions below. All prizes will be determined and awarded by me. I will also act as judge and jury for any ties or disagreements. All prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening* Whoever guesses the correct number or comes the closest to the actual number will be eligible for prizes. Please have your guesses posted before the end of the 1st inning to qualify. Question 1: How many broken bats will there be in tonights game? Question 2: What Twins player will have the most hits? Question 3: How many strike outs will Devin Smeltzer record tonight? Question 4: How many total stolen bases will there be in tonights game? Question 5: What will be the official time for tonights game (hrs./min.) *If I drink too much tonight I might fall asleep in my chair and sleep through the end of the game. In that event I will try to post winners in the morning sometime after I've had some coffee. All prize winners are responsible for taxes and all other local, county fees/surcharges and also assumes all risk and liabilities associated with winning. Twins Daily probably doesn't sanction this game either. Tonights lineups: Minnesota Twins: 1. Max Kepler (RF) 2. Jorge Polanco (SS) 3. Miguel Sano (1B) 4. Eddie (The Money) Rosario (DH) 5. Jake Cave (LF) 6. M. Gonzalez (2B) 7. Mitch Garver © 8. Ehire Adrianza (3B) 9. Byron Buxton (CF) (P) Devin Smeltzer (L) Kansas City Royals: 1. W. Merrifield (RF) 2. Jorge Soler (DH) 3. Salvador Perez © 4. Ryan McBroom (1B) 5. A. Mondesi (SS) 6. Alex Gordon (LF) 7. Maikel Franco (3B) 8. Nicky Lopez (2B) 9. Nick Heath (CF) (P) Jakob Junis ® Game time temp: 82 degrees, chance of precipitation 8% Go Twins!
  21. Welcome back to another exciting Twins Daily game thread extravaganza! The match up tonight between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians should be another drama filled match up. I can't believe it's already August 1st. The whole calendar this year seems to be off...My college kids (all three) have been home since March and thankfully, so far they are still set to head back to school over the next few weeks. It's actually been nice to have them home this long but I think its time they leave the nest for awhile. I think they are ready to fly the coop too. I don't know if anyone else is in the same situation with college kids but my wallet could use a break as well. Forget how expensive tuition is, these kids drink all my beer and booze and its becoming expensive! What does this have to do with baseball you might ask? Not a lot, just seems weird to have my kids home this long and for the Twins to have only played 7 games through August 1st. I didn't realize how much I missed baseball until the season started a week or so ago. It's still weird not seeing any fans in the stands but I guess this is the way it will be for awhile. With no spectators in the stands it got me thinking about what MLB could do to generate more television interest and drama during the game. I dislike the fake fan noise and lame cheers they play in the background. I'd much prefer it if they put a mic on a few of the players during the entire game. I'd also prefer they pump loud music over the PA system during the entire inning. It would be fun to see how that experiment played out (this is a bad idea if they play music I don't like). The card board cutouts are kind of lame too. Maybe they should use mannequins instead...Don't be shy, it's only a game thread! Throw out some suggestions you would like to see MLB implement with no fans in the stands. Curious to see if anyone has better ideas. I don't have much time to add to this game thread intro as I have to go dodge Covid 19 at a graduation party soon. Wish me luck! Go Twins! Tonights Lineups: Minnesota Twins: 1. Max Kepler (RF) 2. Jorge Polanco (SS) 3. Nelson Cruz (DH) 4. Eddie Rosario (LF) 5. Mitch Garver © 6. Luis Arraez (2B) 7. Miguel Sano (1B) 8. M. Gonzalez (3B) 9. Byron Buxton (CF) Kenta Maeda (P) 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA Cleveland Indians: 1. C. Hernandez (2B) 2. Jose Ramirez (3B) 3. F. Lindor (SS) 4. C. Santana (1B) 5. F. Reyes (DH) 6. B. Zimmer (CF) 7. D. Santana (RF) 8. Sandy Leon © 9. D. Johnson (LF) Carlos Carrasco (P) 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA 15% of rain and 76 degrees, 7mph wind
  22. A few years ago, when the Twins inadvertently made a playoff appearance, I was notified, that, should the Twins progress, I would have the honor of introducing a play-off game thread. Then, the Twins bombed in the Bronx, following up that loss by then limping to a dreadful conclusion of the 2018 campaign. During a busy, yet head-scratching, off-season, the FO signed new players, coaches and a manager, trying to bolster a team that clearly wasn’t getting the job done. Amazingly enough, the FO put together an excellent team, a team that set both team and MLB records, setting the stage for one of the best seasons I can remember since the 1987 Squad won it all. Which bring us to today, a day in which I hope to see the Twins bomb the Bronx and show those darn Yankees the Twins are all out of chewing gum. With that, we go to some thoughts about the Days of Future Passed: The Past: 1987: Bert Blyleven: Cagey veteran leader of the 87 pitching squad. The Future: 2019: Who will step into the role this year? The Past: 1987: Frankie "Sweet Music" Viola: Future Cy Young winner. The Future: 2019: Is Jose Berrios or Brusdar Graterol the equivalent on the current staff? The Past: 1987: Mount Crushmore, consisting of Kent "Buy a Vowel" Hrbek, Tom "Bruno" Brunanski and Gary "The Rat" Gaetti. The Future 2019: Lead by Nelson Cruz, Mount Crushmore was reborn in "The Bomba Squad." The Past 1987: The relief core, embodied in Juan "Senior Smoke" Berenguer, helped nail down the Series win. The Future: 2019: The relief core, lead by the likes of Trevor May, Taylor Rogers and Tyler Duffey have come into their own. The Past: 1987:Manager Tom Kelly, man of few, but sometimes pungent, words. The Future: 2019:Manager Rocco Baldelli, man of more than few words May the Twins, in the immortal words of Captain Kirk, "Fire!" and exact their revenge on the Yankees! And now, a word from our very special guest, RiverBrian! Mauer: Guys I am pumped... Tonight the Twins open the playoffs against the Yankees. I am so proud of those guys. Morgan: Why do you always play the Yankees in the playoffs? There are 13 other teams in the American League... Why is it always the Yankees? McCarthy: They have really good hotels in New York. They don't want to play Oakland or Cleveland. No mints on the pillow. Mauer: Listen, Umm, I don't know what team you guys are cheering for but we could really use your support. what do you say... Can you guys join me and be Twins Fans? Montana: Umm... Well... Sure, why not. Mauer: Thanks Joe... (Turns to look at Maddon) How bout' you? Maddon: How much will you pay me? Mauer: What? Maddon: Pay me... You know... I'm out of work right now and I'm telling you that my loyalty can be purchased. Morgan: Yeah... Money will do the trick for me as well. Mauer: Hey... I'm also out of work now. I still pay the rent for this meeting spot. I pay for all of your daily airline flights here to hang out. I buy the beer and the food. This is even my grill. I pay for everything. Maddon: It's gonna take cash. McCarthy: I spent a long time in politics Joe... that's how it works... Money buys influence. Mauer: Fine... How much? Morgan: (Looks at Maddon) Umm... 100 bucks (Maddon nods his head). Yeah... 100 Bucks. Mauer: I can't believe this... Here ya go. Montana: Where's mine? Mauer: You already agreed. Montana: I didn't know you were handing out cash. (Mauer gives him $100). Perfect... We are Twins fans tonight! Mauer: Tonight? Maddon: Yeah... It's a hundred bucks a game. You'll need at least two hundred more for a series win. Mauer: Well, that was 900 dollars I wasn't expecting to spend, I only have 74 thousand dollars left in my wallet. Morgan: There's an ATM around the corner. Maddon: We should have asked for more. Mauer: (Looks at McCarthy). What about you... Do you need 300 dollars? McCarthy: No... I'm a ghost... I don't have pockets. Play Ball!
  23. Today is a momentous day, in that I bid farewell to regular season game thread duties. Hard to believe, 159 games later, it's time to move on, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D6xSDffm6c and look forward to the playoffs. Yes, the playoffs go through "those guys" in a town memorialized by the "Chairman of the Board:" *Frank's voice is decent but the big band behind Frank makes the song. This season has been one heck of a ride: And the ride couldn't have ended in much better fashion. Well, the regular season ride, anyway. But, one last stop in KC, taking on the Royals and this series also represents the swan song for Mr. Ned Yost. It's going to be a bit odd, not having Ned Yost on the bench when the Twins play KC. I have yet to decide if I'll miss the double steals or not. And with that, some stuff to amuse, confuse and bemuse: 1. The Twins are going to the playoffs! 2. The Twins are going to the playoffs! 3. The Twins are going to the playoffs! 4. The Twins are going to the playoffs! Startling lineups: Pitching for the Twins: Jose Berrios Position players: 1. TBD 2. TBD 3. TBD 4. TBD 5. TBD 6. TBD 7. TBD 8. TBD 9. TBD No longer TBD: 1. Miguel Sano ® 3B 2. Jake Cave (L) RF 3. Nelson Cruz ® DH 4. Eddie Rosario (L) LF 5. Willians Astudillo ® C 6. C.J. Cron ® 1B 7. Jonathan Schoop ® 2B 8. Ryan LaMarre ® CF 9. Ronald Torreyes ® SS Pitching for KC: Eric Skoglund Position players: 1. Whit Merrifield ® 2B 2. Jorge Soler ® DH 3. Hunter Dozier ® 3B 4. Alex Gordon (L) LF 5. Ryan McBroom ® RF 6. Ryan O'Hearn (L) 1B 7. Nicky Lopez (L) SS 8. Meibrys Viloria (L) C 9. Brett Phillips (L) CF 5. Play ball!
  24. Today, the magic number stands at 3. Not 4, not 2, and 5 is right out. The number is three and three shall be the number. *I put in the whole thing because I can relate to the "soiled armor" bit what with some of the things that happened during the season. Now, the Twins head into Detroit and the Twins faithful are looking at this series, knowing things are counting down to the post-season. But, we are not counting our playoffs before they hatch, are we? The Twins head into Detroit and, if the past is anything to go by, they will exact their revenge on Detroit. (Well, okay, the Twins have been exacting revenge on Detroit all year....) And, with that, we go to stuff to think about. (Yeah, as if I really put a lot of thought into some of this stuff. Oh crud, I typed that out loud, didn't I?) 1. Detroit: Rebuilding or looking to rebuild the rebuild? 2. Twins: Can they beat the Yankees in home runs this year? 3. Bomba squad: Can they keep on bombaing? 4. Ginger or MaryAnne?* *Just had to mess with ya'll a bit! Lineups: 5. Play ball!
  25. The Twins took two steps forward toward the goal of winning the division during the series of games against the Sox. Unfortunately, after that second step, the Twins paused and, well, Cleveland decided they need to keep pace. It's hard to watch when one can almost touch or see the Twins with the division title. *So what if I had to reach a bit to fit in this song. On the upside, if the Twins keep trucking on they should win the division. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaQ8r-SwR2c Now, KC is in town and the Twin will need to keep moving on toward a division title. And, with that, another chapter in series game thread openers comes to a close. Please stay tuned, as there more thrilling chapters to come! And now, for that which we all have been waiting for, some stuff to ponder: *A portentous list needs a pretentious opening. 1. Shag carpet: Charming relic or insanity disguised as fashion? 2. Platform shoes: Fashionable or unconscionable? 3. Bell bottom pants: To die for or to die of embarrassment for? 4: Pet rock: Clever fad or fad foolishness? Pitching for the Twins: Kyle Gibson Pitching for KC: Mike Montgomery 5. Play ball!
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