T-Jack jacks his knee.Tavaris Jackson suffered some cartilage damage to his knee in practice on Thursday. He'll have surgery to repair it and Chili expects him to be out a month. Now the Vikes need to name someone the third string QB in case (god forbid) both B.J. and Brooks go down in the game. Maybe Longwell?
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Thursday, September 21, 2006
Buster Olney runs down the reasons why Santana shouldn't be MVP. The main reason being that Cy Young should be good enough. Hopefully the voters will take notice to Justin Morneau's numbers and give it to him.
Why haven't more people noticed that Morneau has driven in more runs (125) than any Twin in history whose name wasn't Killebrew? Why haven't more people noticed that, since June 8, Morneau has hit .374, and knocked in as many runs as Ryan Howard (87 -- tied for the most in baseball)? That, to us, is what an MVP front-runner looks like. And there isn't an ounce of disrespect to the always-spectacular, always-mesmerizing Johan Santana when we tell you what he looks like: The Cy Young shoo-in that he is. Period.
"I haven't been that amped up all season," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I was screaming at how hard Torii hit it, screaming at what a huge home run it was for us, and at the same time I was running around the dugout, screaming, 'Andy, Andy, get somebody up.' " Pitching coach Rick Anderson's response was: "Who?" Gardenhire was now in his office, waving his arms in imitation of himself, and said: "I told Andy, 'Somebody. Anybody. Crain. Yeah, get up Crain.' "
Pat Neshek gives his thoughts on his first Fenway Park games in the Majors and meets Peter Gammons.
When I was walking to the clubhouse I noticed that two guys were fixing up the roof of the concourse. It appeared that a giant piece of concrete gave out and fell to the ground. I walked under the guys and they told me to hurry up and go by because they didn't trust this spot. I found myself wondering if this place was safe or not. As I got nearer to the clubhouse I had to ask direction in order to find the clubhouse door because it was very confusing. Eventually I found a small white fenced in cage that was the entrance to the clubhouse. Inside was the smallest clubhouse in the league...smaller than most minor league clubhouses. The lockers were straight out of the old days, about a foot and a half wide, 6 feet tall with no space in between teammates. With all the September call ups, the clubhouse staff ran out of lockers and had to pair up a couple guys in one locker. I also heard stories that on the other side in the home clubhouse they had to buy wooden stroll out lockers and place them in the center of the clubhouse for all the new guys that came up in September.
Best wishes go to Wayne Hattaway, the retired clubhouse attendant and lucky charm that still travels with the team, was diagnosed with cancer of the chest this past week and will undergo surgery on Sept. 28
City Pages hearts the TwinsCity Pages talks about the Twins "weirdest season ever". Top 10 moments that Shook the Dome, even though a number of these moments didn't take place at the dome. I'm gonna hold on to this list. I have a feeling I'll have fun reading these 10 years from now. It's been a great year to be a first time season ticket holder.
Long time Twins Fan Thomas Hodne talks about the Twins season and his experiences in baseball. If you've ever sat in Section 120 behind homeplate, you've seen this guy. He looks like a crazy Santa, he hasn't missed a game in 25 years, he hates Tom Kelly and he says the Twins are going to the World Series.
This team feels much better than either in 1987 or 1991. I was down there in spring training this March, and things weren't working out. But Gardy was juggling, and was trying to make the pieces fit. And Terry Ryan is sharp. Some of the players then weren't with this team, and those two could tell that. Every player is with this team now, and with each other. That's the biggest change that occurred. They're the best team in the major leagues. Not based on experience or big names, but as far as what they've done to pull themselves out of where they were.
They'll win enough games to take Detroit and they'll win the division. And then onto the Series. It isn't easy, but I think they've got the talent and the coaches. They work closely together, and that's what makes the talent meaningful. More than that, it takes stamina and spirit to win the World Series. And this team has both. They won't quit. The spirit is really something to hold on to.
La Velle E. Neal III does a pretty good human interest piece on Cuddy today. We learn how The Bear developed his love for his fiance and magic. It turns out that Cuddy is also an idea man and has an idea for a bar.
A bar named Fuel that would be designed with a gas station motif. A full-service area would sell cocktails. But a self-serve area would allow people to pour themselves beer from a tap shaped like a gas pump. "I just got mad when I'd go up and just wanted a beer and had to wait for 10 people to get mixed drinks," he said.
I've been trying to find the "We're Gonna Win Twins" song that they play at the dome, I haven't had any luck finding the old version, but here is a newer version that's really groovy.
The Twins start a series with Boston in Fenway tonight. Garza vs Wakefield. If the Twins go 7-6 for the remainder of the season, the White Sox will have to run the table and win every game left to make the playoffs.
The A's avoided a three-game sweep with a 1-0 victory at the Metrodome. The Twins haven't swept a first-place team during the month of September since 1989, when they won three games against the Blue Jays at the Metrodome.
The Twins have been shut out 13 times this season, one short of the club record set in 1990.
The Twins are setting up their scouting of potential postseason opponents, which will begin late next week. Former Twins manager Tom Kelly will dive into the Yankees, along with Larry Corrigan, a special assistant to Twins General Manager Terry Ryan.
The pitching rotation is still up in the air. Boof may be the #2 starter behind Johan. Either Garza or Guerrier will make the start on sunday against Cleveland.
Done for the Season "I felt a little pop, and then it really hurt"
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Monday, September 11, 2006
Saints fight Cats, Cat chokes Cop. The Saint Paul Saints lost the American Association league championship last night to the Fort Worth Cats. Oh well, it's independant baseball. The bigger news is that after the game members of both teams went to the Half Time Rec in St. Paul to have some drinks. Apparently things got out of hand and a fight broke out between the teams. According to the Strib the "Police said 20 to 30 people were throwing punches in the bar when officers arrived about 12:15 a.m." When police arrived on the scene the Saints were apparently saints and stopped fighting although one of the Cats players continued fighting and started choking St.Paul police officer, Cy Dargay. Poice spokesman Tom Walsh said the player, identified as Cats outfielder Kris Zacuto, had such a strong hold on the officer that he lifted him off the ground. He officers had to use batons on the player's arms and pepper spray to free Officer Dargay.
"Even after police had Zacuto off Dargay, the man continued to resist arrest, Walsh said. Police sprayed Zacuto with pepper spray and used batons to get him under control, Walsh said. When police had Zacuto handcuffed, he refused to walk to a squad car and officers had to drag him, Walsh said."
A number of other players were dragged to Detox and spent the night. The officer that Zacuto was choking was actually scheduled to retire from the force today. What a great last night.
Objects In Mirror
The Twins are now just two games behind the Tigers for the AL Central and 1 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox after this weekend. Winning 3 out of 4 against the Tigers is pretty awesome. I was honestly expecting a 2-2 split. Barring a total collapse over the next month Johan sealed his Cy Young award.
Liriano pitched 4 scoreless innings on Saturday night in his latest rehab start. He walked one, struck out 4 and didn't give up a hit. He get's his first start back on Wednesday afternoon against the A's at the dome. His pitch count will be limited to 60.
Matt Guerrier will get his first start of the season on Tuesday against the A's. He's replacing Scott Baker in the rotation.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said this week that he's holding "tryouts" to see who would occupy the third and probably final spot in the postseason rotation behind all-stars Johan Santana and Francisco Liriano, provided he stays healthy. Rookie Boof Bonser is the front-runner after another solid outing Saturday.
Things are looking up again. With Liriano's awesome 4 innings in Rochester on Saturday, here's hoping he can go back to the July Liriano and if the Twins can keep hitting and we can slip in to the playoffs.
The Minnesota Twins are 81-59, the wildcard entrant if the playoffs started today. They are 22 games over .500.
Johan Santana has made 30 starts this year, and in those games, the Twins are 25-5. He's 17-5 himself, and Minnesota has won every game in which Santana got a no-decision; if he hasn't won, he's given them a chance to win.
Let's review. When Santana starts, the Twins are 20 games over .500. When anybody else starts, they are 56-54, basically a .500 team.
When Santana starts, the Twins are as unbeatable as the '27 Yankees. When anybody else starts, they are a non-playoff team.
But he also says if the Twins don't make the playoffs he probably wouldn't vote for him.
The Twins are 3-1 when he has started against the White Sox, 3-1 when he has started against Detroit. His record in the second half of the season is 8-0; the Twins are 11-0 in his starts since the All-Star break. Francisco Liriano went down and since then, Santana has hoisted the rotation onto his shoulders. He's got four starts left, in all likelihood, and it's conceivable that the Twins will have a perfect record in the games he starts in the second half.
Without Santana pitching as well as he has, the Twins aren't even part of the playoff conversation.
If the Twins don't make the playoffs, I wouldn't vote for Santana; there are good candidates -- no slam-dunk candidates -- with other teams. Jermaine Dye with the White Sox, the Yankees' Derek Jeter, Travis Hafner and David Ortiz. Justin Morneau has had an incredible season, getting a huge hit in the Twins' high-pressure victory last night. You can make a good case for Joe Mauer.