Thoughts From The First Two Games
A few random thoughts from the first two games of the current Twins-Tigers series:
-Though going 16 innings and losing is bad enough for players and fans alike, I really can’t pin the blame on anyone in particular. The Tiger bullpen was just throwing gas, and the Twins’ batters were (by and large) having decent at-bats. They just couldn’t string enough hits together to get that elusive run across the plate.
-The Twins showed a little moxie today after Liriano gave up the big fly to Magglio Ordonez to give the pinstriped ones their short-lived lead. In a game that needed to be won, the Twins came up with some clutch at-bats and were able to get the job done. Now, we just need to take care of business tomorrow and things will be okay again.
-I never like to see a pitcher like Kevin Slowey go on the disabled list, but hopefully this will give him some time to either: A. get his wrist checked out, or B. get his mind right and back in that groove he had been in until a week or so ago. Swarzak can probably fill in decently for Slowey, but we need Kevin back to his Brad Radke-esque form, where he can pitched deep into games and always give us a chance to win.
-I really think that Denard Span and Carlos Gomez need to stop fighting over outfield assists. Eventually there is going to be a nasty train-wreck out there if they don’t get on the same page. I think the problem is that both players, being center fielders by natural position, are used to calling off all other fielders (usually the CF’s perogative) to catch the ball. However, Span is playing out in left alot recently, and in the back of his mind he probably knows that Gomez doesn’t take the best routes to balls but will scream for the catch anyway.
-Former Cubbie star Mark Grace was showing some serious love for the M&M boys today in the FOX TV broadcast. Well-deserved, too, as they contributed to most of the scoring. I look forward to watching them in the All-Star Game (which the roster for will be released tomorrow, by the way).
-Finally, today’s Fourth of July holiday also marks the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig giving what is now famously known as his ‘Luckiest Man” speech. I know that the Iron Horse was second-banana to The Babe for so many years, but in that moment he showed what was truly in his heart all that time…kindness, gentleness, yet a competitive spirit that made him choked up over being taken out of a lineup when he was actually dying. It still gives me goosebumps every time I see it. Greatest first baseman of all-time? Yes. Is there really any other serious competition?!
-Of course, for a little lighter holiday fare, you could check out the annual SciFi Channel Twilight Zone marathon. Still a creepy show all these years later!
Preview (42-40, 2nd, 0.5 GB CWS for 2nd): Rick Porcello (8-5, 3.90) vs. Nick Blackburn (6-4, 3.10). Need to win this series…that is all.