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Don’t Wobble Too Much Weeble

On a day in baseball where you can get confused if
you don’t know players on a team (since everyone wears number 42 in
honor of Jackie Robinson
) it was great to see the Twins power past
the Red Sox and take the series, not only with a win, but blanking the
Red Sox with 0 runs!

Did you know the last time they won three series at the start of a
season was 1987? (Thanks to Joe Christensen from the Star
Tribune, because I didn’t know this either!
) 1987 was one of the 2
years (in my lifetime) that the Twins WON the World
Series?  Anyone else see our 7-3 stars as a good omen?  I sure hope
that’s what it is.

After Liriano was taken out, I was worried when I saw Jose Mijiares take
the mound.  His “cataracts” are really starting to bother me when he
goes out onto the mound to pitch.  The man is having “blurry” vision and
claims it’s because of cataracts.  Did you know that cataracts can be caused
by corticosteroids
(among other things)? Not sure what those are…click on it to
read about it.  My thoughts are this: Why doesn’t Mijares get surgery
NOW on his cataracts rather than wait until the end of the season to get
it done.  This kind of surgery is not a season-ending surgery. 
I’d rather have him take care of this obvious problem rather than
have it haunt us down the line when games are really important.

I’m really glad that Justin and Nicky Punto were finally able to pull
the sticks from their butts and get some hits yesterday!  I begged,
while listening to the game on the radio, for Justin to get a hit after
they intentionally walked Joe Mauer.  It’s nice to see that he made the
Red Sox pay for walking our MVP!  I was also incredibly impressed by
Jason Kubel’s diving catch to snag a possible hit from the Sox.  It
looked like his fridge (that he pulls behind him, or so it looks like
) knocked him over just in time for him to grab the ball.  Did
you miss that catch?  You need to check it out!  HERE
Here are a couple pictures showing the fantastic catch as well!

Since they won this series as well, here are the 3 Stars of the Series!
3. Denard Span (he had 4
walks on Wednesday, a couple on Monday and still managed to get some
hits during the series.
2. Michael Cuddyer (Cuddy
was the second person to hit a home run in Target Field, and his home
run was superb!  He also has had decent outings over the series.
1. Jason Kubel (Not
only does this man make diving saves to catch a ball, but he bashes
balls out of the park (1 HR, 1st in TF) and also just gets on base.

Tomorrow, Game 2 (technically 3 including the second of the two
exhibition games played at Target Field that I was at
) for me at
Target Field!  I’ll be slumming it again in section 140, so no pictures
are promised of the players at least.  I’ll try to capture some other
fun sites at Target Field.  Who knows, I may go early enough to check
out batting practice for the Twins.  It’d be nice to see batting
practice in the new park (since I missed it at opener).  If
anyone else is going to the game, let me know!

Shameless plug of the day:  Know
anyone who would love a pair of earrings that are baseball/Twins
related?  Or a baseball bracelet to wear on game days?  Let me know…I
make jewelry!  Here’s a couple pictures of the ones I’ve done so far.

Other shameless
plug of the day:

Make sure to join us all for the
next Twins Centric Blogger/Tweet Up Viewing Party!  Here are the
Saturday, May 15, 2010
11:30 am
Sports Cafe – Bloomington, MN
Normandale Blvd

The Marketing of The Letter “J”

I think, this
season, the Twins are going to introduce a new marketing campaign.  They
have already issued the new Twins commercial (Minnie and Paul) that
left out Twins players, so what makes anyone think, they are going to be
on the same level as previous years?  This year, my friend (Deanna)
thinks that they need to market all of their campaigns around all the
Twins players that have a first name that begins with a “J”.  Did you
know that 10 players of the 25 man roster have a first name that starts
with a “J” (I am including Joe Nathan because he’s still
“technically” on the 25 man roster

Can anyone
say, JJ Hardy, double the pleasure, double the fun. (being that he has 2
J’s in his name and is beautiful)??

Deanna also had the genius idea to
write the Twins’ front office if they focused the roster more on J
named players.  Here’s what the letter might look like: “Dear
Minnesota Twins Front Office,
I appreciate the obvious benefits of all things “J”, I am concerned
about you leaving yourself open to lawsuits from the other letters of
the alphabet and your lack of being an Equal Opportunity Employer.  To
rectify this, I would suggest bringing to the team the likes of…
this is where she ran into a problem…the only players she could come
up with were Jason Bartlett, Josh Hamilton and other players that at
least had a J to their name.

to self:
If/when having children…if ever considering the child to
be a professional baseball player…name them J names to ensure a
baseball career.

Ridiculous you say? I say, yes, this is all just a bit of ridiculous
fun, but hey, that’s what I like to do and do best.  Plus, it’s Friday
and only 17 Days until
Home Opener at Target Field
.  I’m still working on securing
tickets to home opener without paying significantly about face value. 
If anyone has a hook up for me, I would appreciate it.  If not…I do
have a plan.  I can’t share my plan yet…but if it works, maybe I’ll
share it after Opener has come and gone.

In case you are
looking for some different but equal ridiculous fun.  Go see the Joe
on ESPN‘s website.  It’s sure to make you
feel like you don’t make enough money…and also is sure to make you
want to marry Joe Mauer (even the men out there) just to share
his salary.  If Joe Mauer would like to share just 1/4 of a years’
salary with me, I wouldn’t object.  It’d still probably be more than
I’ll ever make in my lifetime.  For the record, Joe wouldn’t even have
to hit 1 home run, and would have to play close to .2 games…and
(this is what Joe would have to do to make my yearly salary.)…Does this mean he would play 2 innings? Or
is it less than that?  I guess either way…it’s just sad.  

Alright…ridiculous fun is over for
the day.  In case you missed it, here’s the info again about the next
TwinsCentric Blogger Meet Up.

TwinsCentric Viewing
APRIL 10, 12:05 p.m. 
Twins vs. Chicago White Sox (in Chicago
Major’s in Blaine
*There will be drawings
for several great prizes, including Twins 2010 Annuals, Major’s gift
certificates, Twins/Target Field tickets and more.