Tagged: Justin Morneau

I’m A Big Kid Now!

Thankfully last night was the last night on the West Coast for this
week.  I don’t think my body would’ve have taken many more games that
last until at least midnight when I have to work in the morning!  It’s
rough getting up when you have little sleep! (I’m sure at least some
of you can relate to me!
)  Although last night was not the best
we’ve seen Kevin Slowey do, he wasn’t terrible in his outing. Sure he
got into a few jams (which make me nervous) but at least he was
able to work his way out of those jams only surrendering one run in his 5
1/3 innings. 

I did have to remind Kevin, that while we all are aware that he has
balls (he threw a lot of balls last night, compared to how he
normally pitches
), that I prefer strikes when pitches are thrown at
the batters.  Walks are not something I ever like to see one of our
pitchers give up.  We all know that walks can haunt!

I thought Pat Neshek looked good last night in his outing.  I realized
how much I’ve missed seeing him pitch.  He starts his windup on the
pitching rubber and ends up at the front of the pitching mound by the
time he’s done throwing.  Before he throws another pitch, he has to walk
all the way back to the back side of the pitching mound.  I’m not sure
if this is just a habit of his, or if it’s a superstition of his. 
Either way, it amuses me.

With all the home runs our teams has been hitting in the first four
games of the season, it makes it feel like we’re as big and powerful as a
team like the Yankees (yes, the comparison is hard for me to write
with how much I loathe the Yankees, but they are power hitters for the
most part.
).  This was the first time since 2003 that the Twins won a
series against the Angels, and I think that says something too.  It’s a
good feeling to take a series.  Jim Thome finally blasted one out of
the park last night, J’Brendan Harris and J’Delmon Young did as well! 
Home runs that have extra runners make me very happy.

One thing I’ve noticed on MLB’s site for the game recaps now (HERE)
is that they display the Tweet volumes too during a game.  I’m not
surprised that the Twins have a high Tweet volume with how many tweets I
see during games.  I never am out of the loop with what’s going on,
that’s for sure!  For those of you who don’t currently have
Twitter…it’s a good thing to have.  I wasn’t sure about it at first,
but I’ve grown to love it and get a lot of news and information from
it.  You can follow me on
Twitter as well! (I know, shameless plug, but it’s my blog so I can
do it!
)

I think this year, I’m going to do the 3 Stars of the series, rather
than the 3 stars of the individual games.  This gives some players a
little more of a chance of making my star list!

So onto the 3 Stars of the Series:
# 3. JJ Hardy (He hit home runs in a couple of the games, and had some good
defensive moves as well.  It’s good to see him in a Twins uniform and
doing well in it!
)

# 2. Delmon Young (Delmon hit a couple home runs too during
the series and apparently can run a lot faster after shedding some
pounds!
)

# 1. Justin Morneau (Justin showed us all that Spring Training
numbers really don’t matter.  After struggling this spring, he’s really
found his groove.
)

TwinsFest 2010

Well another year of TwinsFest
has come and gone. I only went on Saturday, because limited funds made
it hard to purchase additional tickets, plus I know how tired I get
from going one FULL day that I figured one would be plenty!

I
got to meet and run into tons of people from the blog world! (Though
one person choose to not introduce themselves to me when they found me,
I’ll let it slide) Met Howard Sinker from A Fan’s View, Seth Stohs from Seth Speaks, and John Bonnes from Twins Geek. Met up with bloggers I’ve met and hung out with before (Katie from KC’s Baseball Blog, Kirsten from K-Bro’s Baseball Blog, Topper from Curve for a Strike, Tricia from Twins Sisters, and Erin from TwinsGirls: A Baseball Blog) all in all, it was fun chatting with everyone.

I
was insane enough to wait in line for pictures with the players. I was
not terribly thrilled to have to pay $2 per player to get pictures with
them, when in previous years it was free. It kind of seems lame and
like a slight rip-off to charge people for admission and getting
nothing for free in the process. Sure, if you wanted to wait for 6
hours in the prospects lines, those were free, but everything else
costs money. I know that the proceeds from the picture line were going
for a good cause (I have nothing against giving money to Haiti through UNICEF, don’t get me wrong), I just think that it should have been more of a “suggested donation,” than a requirement to pay. I believe they still would have gotten money donated to the good cause.

There
was also disappointment this year in the fact that the autograph lines
went up by $5 at every station. I never went through many of these
lines to begin with, mainly cause if I really want autographs from
players, I know that at some point, I can most likely get them for
free…plus I also don’t want to wait for so long to get the
autographs. Two years ago, I waited for a good amount of time to get
Kevin Slowey’s
autograph (since he’s my favorite Twins player). I made the mistake of
going through his autograph line that he was in with Francisco Liriano. NOTE TO FRONT OFFICE FOLKS WHO MAKE UP TWINSFEST SCHEDULE: Please, for everyone safety, sanity and crowd control, put Francisco Liriano up in the Cambria booth where the likes of Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and others are. It makes things really crowded down on the turf when he’s signing at Station #2.

I was only disappointed with one of the players that I met at TwinsFest, and that was Jon Rauch. I was all excited to get a picture with him standing next to me, since I’m 5’3″ and he’s 6’11”. I got up to him, no pleasantries from him and then when I asked him politely
if he would stand up (he was sitting on a chair), he said “I’m not
standing for anyone.” He was very short with me and very rude. I’m not
gonna lie, I like him less now than I did before TwinsFest mainly due to the attitude he had. We paid to get pictures with him, yet I got treated poorly.
Quite honestly, I’d nominate him for the Biggest d-bag at TwinsFest award.
(Here’s my picture with the “cardboard cutout” of Jon Rauch.)

Good Sport award would go to Justin Morneau.
I asked him if he would puff up his cheeks (like he does when batting)
with Katie’s 8 year old nephew, and he did it, just before the picture.
Justin and I…can’t tell we were both laughing before this picture, huh?
Mr. Morneau and his usual smirk of a smile…

Nicest newcomer goes to JJ Hardy. He was very sociable to everyone one, even gave hugs to several girls. Plus he was very nice eye candy.
Me and JJ Hardy

Quietest player goes to Carl Pavano. He was nice, just very quiet and seemed like he felt a little out of place in the photo line (and a little uncomfortable).
Myself with Carl

Nicest non-new Twins Player: Kevin Slowey.
I already knew he was a very nice guy, but he was very tolerable of the
crazy girl by me, and then was willing to take pictures with fans after
his autograph session was over (Brendan Harris only stuck around for about 2 pictures before bolting out of there)

Kevin posing for pictures.

Myself with Kevin Slowey

Here are a couple other TwinsFest pictures for everyone:

Jason Kubel and Matt Guerrier

The Justin photo line before us…
The line for Justin photos after us…
Joe Mauer is in there somewhere…

The crowd at TwinsFest on Saturday from the stands by the KSTP AM 1500 booth.

Only 70 days until Home Opener now (and counting!)…21 days until Pitchers and Catchers report for Spring Training.

Also, February 12th is going to be Nick Punto Day. For more information about that go here: Nick Punto Day.