Thursday July 8, 2004
Good morning everyone! Well, I was told I would have phone service by 5:00 yesterday. Well, that didn’t happen. My computer is out there and I have no home internet access for the moment. Whenever I regain access, I will try to write something good again. So, I sincerely apologize for this and please stop by again tomorrow just to check, ok?
Royal Flush? A Royal Butt-Whoopin’? Not even sure of the appropriate title to explain what happened in the Twins/Royals series. For the first time in Twins history, their pitchers threw back to back to back shutouts. Last night was Kyle Lohse’s turn to dominate the decimated Royals. But just because it was against Kansas City and the Royals are terrible, it does not deter from just how impressive the Twins pitching was. You just don’t dominate a team like that. In the three games combined, Royals hitters had just 13 hits, and all of them were singles. The Twins issued just two walks. They even struck out 24.
Aaron’s Baseball Blog and The Twins Geek have excellent thoughts on the Twins pitching performances, so check them out today. Actually, check out all of the other Twins blogs that you see on the left side of this screen. If it’s Twins minor league information you need, click on their links, above the prospect stats. (Justin Morneau was 2-4 last night with a double and his 22nd homer of the year. Jesse Crain pitched two shutout innings, striking out four.)
A couple other notes –
Lew Ford will unfortunately not be going to the All-Star game. As expected, the fan vote put another Yankee, Hideki Matsui, onto the roster. In the NL, Bobby Abreu deservingly got the nod.
Check out the first professional pitching performance of Twins first round pick and former Minnesota Golden Gopher Glen Perkins… 4 innings, no runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts. Not bad at all!
OK, on that note, I have to call it a day. I hope all is well with you. I am also trying to keep up with e-mail. So, if you have any questions or comments on the Twins as they pass the half-way point of the season, please send me an e-mail and maybe tomorrow I’ll post some of your thoughts. Have a great Thursday!
Wednesday July 7, 2004
Good Morning Everyone! I need to again mention that I am still in the process of moving. After packing all of my before last week. Last Thursday, I went through the process of closing, which basically means signing your life away. That only took about 1/2 hour, so it really wasn't too bad at all. That night is when I had a bunch of friends help me move the majority of my stuff the five miles to my new house. Friday night, I cleaned up the new house a little bit. Then I headed to my parent's place for the weekend. I came back on Monday night and cleaned up some more. I am paying for a 1/2 month of rent in my apartment, so I can afford to procrastinate a little bit. The problem is I tend to procrastinate too much.
Well, yesterday afternoon, I finally took my bed out to the new house, so last night was my first overnight there. I also took my computer desk there. So, last night, I typed this from my apartment, while laying on the floor.
So, you ask, why don't I take this out there yet and just get out of my apartment? Well, aside from my relative laziness, I also found that my cable had not yet been hooked up, so I can't watch TV out there yet. So, I had to spend some apartment time because of three new TV shows last night.
Big Brother 5 started last night. 13 people entered the house and there are a lot of little twists. I have enjoyed the previous Big Brother shows a lot. This one looks like it could be very good. First the cast mates are a group of attractive individuals. (particularly Holly, who is very cheerleadery and Diana!) That always makes it worth watching. But, this season, they have added a number of twists. For instance, last night, they revealed that two of the housemates were brother and sister, yet had never met each other. They both had the same father. The woman, Jennifer, had never been told by her father that she had a sibling. In last night's episode, the man, Michael, figured it out but has not confronted her with it. The second twist will be that one of the guests has an identical twin. The twins will alternate their time in the house. It will be interesting to see how they do that and how long it takes for people to notice.
The first live eviction show will be next Thursday.
The Amazing Race 5 started last night too. I have written about this show numerous times before. I think it is the most entertaining, intellectually stimulating reality show out there. Teams of two took off from Los Angeles and over the course of the show, they will compete with each other and travel all around the world, finding clues and racing to end points, or 'pit stops,' where the team that finishes last is eliminated.
An interesting twist of this show is that Alison, the runner-up in Big Brother 4 who constantly talked about her boyfriend Donny, is competing on this show, with Donny. That should be an interesting team to watch. The other teams include 'the old couple', 'twins', 'brothers,' 'friends' and plenty of couples who will argue, fight and compete for a million dollars.
Last night, the team's traveled from LA to Uruguay where they found a bunch of clues and completed a bunch of tasks. The show is just great.
Do you watch it? Do you watch any other reality shows that I should be? E-mail me.
Because the two shows above each lasted 90 minutes, I was unable to watch the third show that I wanted to watch, the first episode of The World Series of Poker on ESPN. I know it can be hard to watch on TV at first, but I guarantee that if you watch it for awhile, you'll be hooked. You'll know the names. You'll understand the strategies... OK, who am I kidding. I play Texas Hold 'Em, and I'm terrible! I play dumb. I can't keep a good poker face. Really, I'm terrible. Ask my relatives how much money I lost this weekend!! Oh well, it is so fun!
UPDATE- I did watch during some commercials. I have to say that I really do not like the new card graphics at all.I think it clutters up the screen too much.
Almost forgot, the Twins were on too! Johan Santana threw for the Twins against Royals rookie (and ace) Zach Greinke. Both pitchers performed well, but Santana is pitching like a Cy Young candidate and the Royals are not good! That combination was good for the Twins last night!
Torii Hunter gave the Twins a lead with a second inning, solo homer. The score remained 1-0 Twins until the 6th inning when Cristian Guzman led off with a double. He went to third on a Lew Ford flyout to center. Grienke then balked in Guzman. Corey Koskie singled. It was followed by a double by Torii Hunter. After Jacque Jones was intentionally walked (his SECOND walk of the game!) to load the bases, Jose Offerman singled to score Koskie and Hunter, give them a 4-0 lead and end the game for Grienke. Jamie Cerda came in and ended the rally.
Back to Johan Santana, he was remarkable again. He followed Brad Radke's shutout the night before against the Royals with a complete game shutout of his own. 9 innings pitched, just three hits and two walks. Santana also struck out 13 Royals batters including Ken Harvey three times. The bullpen needed a rest and the combination of Santana and Radke provided it! Kyle Lohse will try to keep the Royals down again tonight when he faces the Royals and Denys Reyes.
What are your thoughts on the Twins as the All-Star beak approaches? E-mail me.
VOTE FOR LEWWWWWWWWWWWW
You have until tonight at 7:00 p.m. to vote for the 32nd members of each All-Star team. Be sure and vote and help get Lew Ford a trip to his home state for the All-Star festivities. Lew Ford is one of five players who could still be voted on to the team. Ford is joined by Travis Hafner, Hideki Matsui, Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko are on the online ballot. Go here and vote for Lew Ford as many times as you can. Let's help make Lew Ford and All-Star!
Last night, the Rochester Redwings lost. Seth Griesinger got crushed and Damion Moss got the win for the Durham Bulls. My man, Joey Gathright led the Bulls with four hits. BJ Upton also had a hit. The Redwings got two hits from Jason Kubel, Justin Morneau and Todd Dunwoody.
Finally, because I am uncertain as to how much I will be writing this week, be sure to bookmark The Baseball Savant and check out his insightful baseball analysis. He updated his Pythagorean Numbers and analyzed each division. It really is a great site and I would encourage everyone to stop by. Also, send David an e-mail and let him know what you think. Also, be sure to ask him how the Twins two games against the Royals, where they have outscored them 14-0, affects their Pythagorean Number.
That is it for me for today. I am not sure how frequently I will post entries this week. Please stop by and check. As always, if you have any questions or comments on anything, please e-mail me.
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