Friday, March 31, 2006
  Don't Stop Now
Francisco Liriano was picked up in Florida last night on DUI charges.
A breath test registered Liriano's blood alcohol level at .133, according to Angelo Bitsis, public information officer for the Cape Coral Police Department. Florida defines drunken driving as anything at .08 or over.

Jason Bartlett will start the season in AAA Rochester. Juan Castro won the starting Shortstop position and will open the season there on Tuesday.
Only 2 More days til baseball that counts!

Last nights Pollard show was so fun. I had been looking forward to this for such a long time, and even though I saw two shows in Austin I was psyched for the 3+ hour show at First Ave. I wasn't disapointed. 2 Encores of mainly GBV classics, Don't Stop Now, Game of Pricks..It was amazing. I also got my Miller Light Guitar signed by Bob after the show.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
2 Days until Robert Pollard at First Ave.

5 Days until Opening Night of the 2006 MLB season.

14 Days until the first Twins home game.

The Twins are still undecided on what to do with Liriano. Why can't we trade Lohse for some good hitting?

Juan Castro made his first start for the Minnesota Twins since hurting his right wrist while playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI on Monday in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
"I wouldn't even call it an injury," Castro said of the bruised hamate bone, which has healed. "It's good to be back. I'm ready to go."

The Twins released their promotions schedule recently, some of the upcoming give aways this year include a Kent Hrbek bronze statue, Torii Hunter Gold Glove bobblehead, Jack Morris bobblehead and a Carlos Silva growth poster.

I'm buying my Season Tickets today. This will be a first for me, but I'm not going to quit trying to scam better tickets. So if you know know who to send them to.
Friday, March 24, 2006
  News and Notes
Francisco Liriano pitched for the first time this spring in a Twins uniform against the Cincinnati Reds. In one hitless inning of work he struck out two. It's still unclear whether or not Liriano will be in the Twins bullpen to start the season or in AAA Rochester.
Gardenhire: "There's no doubt in my mind that he can come out of the bullpen and get left-handed hitters out. The question is going to be, what's best for him, and what's best for our ballclub? We'll just have to let it play itself out."

Ruben Sierra will probably start the season on the DL.

Juan Rincon threw a bullpen session Wednesday afternoon, and will throw to live hitters on Friday.

The Twins won the Mayor's Cup this year beating the Red Sox 4-3 on Thursday night. Kyle Lohse pitched a remarkable 5 shut-out innings. I hope Kyle can finally have a season that makes me believe in him.

In other sporting news. Colin Cowherd is a Douche Bag and Mamba wants to be Jewish.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
  I'm back, Ruben's Gone.
Sorry for the lack of updates lately, with Kirby's death and my trip to SXSW in Texas I haven't had much time or energy to update this here blog.
But now I'm back. The season is right around the corner and I couldn't be more excited.

My first of two Fantasy Leagues held our draft on sunday. I'm feeling pretty good about my line up so far. I'll post more on that later this week.

Some News & Injury Notes:

Ruben Sierra is out for at least a week with a strained quadricep. I'm feeling really good about ol' Ruben this year.

Michael Cuddyer went down in the 7th Inning in yesterday's game versus the Phillies. Quite honestly, I feel better with Lew Ford out in Right Field anyways. Stay Down Cuddy!

- Pitcher Dave Gassner will not throw for a month because of bone spurs in his elbow.

- Relief pitcher Juan Rincon, coming off elbow surgery, threw for eight minutes Monday. Gardenhire said Rincon threw all his pitches and threw well.

Jim Souhan
stirs the pot with "Torii's the next to go" rumors. I'd be happy to spend that 12 million a year on someone that can actually perform up to their expectations.
I'm sick of waiting for Torii to have that break out year.

Something nonbaseball releated. Here's a picture of Nate and I with Bob Pollard of Guided By Voices before his day party show at SXSW.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006
  News and Notes
The Twins will be holding a memorial service / tribute on Sunday evening at the Metrodome. Doors open at 6pm and the Service begins at 7pm.

The other #34 David Ortiz hit two home runs for the Dominican Republic in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. I've heard Papi mention Kirby as one of his favorite players and a huge influence in his playing style.

Kevin Garnett wrote KP34 on his shoes last night in the Wolves loss to the Rockets. One of my favorite quotes.
"He was one of the very few people that I enjoyed being around, to tell you the truth, because he was just himself," said Garnett
Monday, March 06, 2006
  Kirby Puckett 1960-2006

Kirby was given last rights and passed on tonight.
The Trib has the obit up already.
I'll add tribute links as they pop up.
Kirby's family released this statement.
It is with great sadness that we announce that baseball legend Kirby Puckett was given last rites and passed away this afternoon. The Hall of Famer was hospitalized Sunday after suffering a stroke. Forty-five-year-old Puckett, who led the Minnesota Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, wished to be an organ donor. Medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center are currently determining if that wish can be fulfilled.

Kirby's family and friends thank his fans for their thoughts and prayers.

The family is not releasing additional information or conducting interviews at this time. They thank the media for respecting their wishes.

I'm so bummed right now. Time to hit the whiskey.

Kirby Puckett will be removed from life support this evening.
I don't even know what to say. If I was 12 I would be balling my eyes out. Now a days I can just think of all the happiness he brought me, my friends and Minnesota. I'll be making it a point to sit in the Kirby seat at the dome at least once this year. Without Kirby I wouldn't love baseball as much as I do.

The Twins have a Message Board to reflect on KP's life.
Kirby Pucket has slipped into critical condition following his stroke on sunday.
Bat Girl has a tribute page.
Joe Mauer signs a 1 year contract . Arbitration here we come!
Some highlights from Spring Training this weekend.
No one got injured.
Kyle Lohse threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut -- but needed 45 pitches to do so.
Dan Gladden missed WCCO radio broadcasts on Sunday and Monday because he rushed to Arizona to be With Kirby. Everyone needs a friend like Dazzle.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
  Kirby Suffers Stroke.

I was on my way to brunch before the Wolves game this afternoon when Nate called to let me know that Kirby Puckett had a stroke and was in surgery. Torii Hunter pulled himself out of the Red Sox/Twins game today and I too wanted to just pull out of going to the game, go home and watch my tapes of the 87 & 91 World Series.
I hope he can pull through this. He's gotten a bad rap in the past few years and I don't even want to address that at the moment. He was still one of the top athletes Minnesota and baseball in general has ever had.
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