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necklace Apr. 8th, 2009 @ 09:34 pm
jediwarrior
What is with that necklace Crain is wearing?  Looks like a piece of rope and seems odd and out of place.  Does it stand for something?  Do any other players wear them?

Holy Smokes Apr. 7th, 2009 @ 07:59 pm
jmtkalcich
That was the most exciting baseball game I have seen in ages. It was beautiful.

Opening Day Apr. 6th, 2009 @ 08:01 am
imle
Let's play ball!!!
Current Mood: excitedexcited

15 reasons to be a Minnesota Twins fan Mar. 30th, 2009 @ 11:05 pm
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Twins Blogs Feb. 22nd, 2009 @ 11:25 am
paddle2paddle
Does anyone know of any decent Twins blogs a la Bat-girl or Pulling a Blyleven where the emphasis is not placed on stat-heavy analysis and more on enjoying the game and having fun?  I started reading PaB last year, but their posts became pretty infrequent.  If they don't start posting regularly, I'd like a different Twins blog to visit.
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» Joe Crede Signs With The Twins
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins now have a new third baseman.

Minnesota and free agent Joe Crede have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the club announced Saturday.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that the deal features a base salary of $2.5 million, with the chance for the contract to reach $7 million with appearance bonuses. The bonuses begin once Crede reaches 250 plate appearances and top out at $7 million following his 525th plate appearance.

 

 

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» Final Thoughts on the Season
Despite the talent level of both teams (which is remarkably even), I knew the Twins chances were slim in that south side house of horrors. I cannot wait to see the Sox fall (preferably as early as possible) in the post season. I wish Tampa well in their first ever playoff series. I also wish the Cubs well as they attempt (yet again) to obtain their first World Series crown in 100 years.

We as Twins fans should not feel cheated by this surprising season. After all, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year. I have no doubt that many of the kids we're just starting to cultivate will pay dividends in the years to come. Plus, let's not forget that we have a posh new ballpark waiting to open its doors in 2010.

The fact that we could not seal the deal when it mattered is proof positive that this team was not ready for prime time in 2008. Now all that's left is to use our so close and yet so far experience from this season as a stepping stone. I will always cherish that come from behind victory last week, as well as the great games I attended this year. That is the Twins team I'll be thinking of all off season.

Summer of Stun... over and out.
» White Sox vs. Tigers
Today, we lucky Minnesota fans get to listen to Hawk Harrelson go on and whine about everything, because the all-important game today will be on WGN (that's at 1am central).

The Tigers, of course, have nothing to really play for, and could easily phone this one in. However:

Freddy Garcia is pitching and (a) he was injured almost all year and wants to prove he can still go and (b) he was cut loose by the White Sox after a career year there and probably would like to beat them.

I'll be cheering for the Tigers more than ever, I suspect.
» Whoo hoo!!!!
That was one of the best series I have ever seen.


Number 1, baby!!!!
» Nail biting time.

This next series with the Royals., we can afford to drop just one game, since it's equally likely that the sox will. But we still really need to sweeeeeeep.

But tonight, we cannot afford to lose. NO WAY. We have to pull into first by pulling Chicago back. I like our chances a lot more with having Chicago play Detroit and being eliminated, more than giving us that stupid tie braker if they win. It puts the burden back on THEM.

er, does that make sense? If we're up by 1/2 a game, and they have to make up that game.. They could get eliminated. But if we're down by 1/2 a game... They could eliminate us with that game.. I'd rather they get eliminated.  :) Yeah. That's what I want. The scenario that makes that tie braker moot is best.

As it looks, Chicago has 2 games that they could lose. If Vasquez is a big game choker, he's got a game versus the Indians still.. And if it's an elimination game.. Ha ha! No pressure. And their final regular season game is Buerhle again on 3 days rest versus Cliff Lee... That could be a really good game! Hopefully, leaning towards the Indians...

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/stats/sortable_player_stats.jsp?c_id=min&baseballScope=WS1&subScope=pos&teamPosCode=all&statType=Overview&timeSubFrame=15&sitSplit=&venueID=&Submit=Submit&timeFrame=1

This is an interesting look at the Twins batting the last 30 days. 800+ runs scored? Lots of walks (! it's true!) LOW LOW strike outs... Stolen bases... Ah, so much fun!

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/stats/sortable_team_stats.jsp?c_id=min&baseballScope=AL&statType=1&sitSplit=&timeSubFrame=15&groupByTeam=true&Submit=Submit&timeFrame=1

Here's the AL... Getting hot at the right time? Chicago looks to be pretty cold... Almost to the Mendoza line...

I never expected this team to suceed this year. By all intents and purposes, everything I saw being done last winter seemed to be building towards having a young team locked in for 2010. But it looks like it incidentally started to suceed NOW.. By the time this team has guys who are 28-30 instead of 24-26... Is this decade going to be known as a dynasty, even though the roster went through such upheaval from '02-'07? 

I don't count this season btw, since the CURRENT team uses so many guys from the system.. We cut half the guys we brought in! Livan, Monroe, Lamb. We would have cut Everett, if not for that injury to Casilla. That leaves Young, Gomez and Harris as the only regular 'outsiders' left.



And I said it before, and I'll say it again.. I am so glad to have Span playing instead of Monroe. His bat has been great. Not to mention having his speed has been an incredible asset. And the defense! I knew he needed to come up!
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