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Vacation Reflection: Part Two

Earlier on this blog, I recalled the first part of my recent vacation: a trip to the Field of Dreams movie site.  Well, the second (and primary) destination of the trip was the South Side of Chicago, to see my Twins take on the White Sox at US Cellular Field.

From a stadium perspective, I was impressed.  Though perhaps not in the same “romantic class” as a Target Field or Kauffman Stadium, I thought The Cell was still more impressive than the more modern Miller Park in Milwaukee.  I was expecting worse, to be honest.

Now, I don’t want to denigrate the White Sox fans by saying this, but seeing a game at The Cell is a heckuva lot different than here in Minny.  Perhaps the inflamed tensions of the Twins’ recent ownership of the Sox came into play here, but Chicago fans seem much more intense than those residing in Twins Territory.  Over here, we live by the “Minnesota Nice” creed and sit on our hands and mouths quite a bit.  In Chi-town, those hands and mouths are wide-open.

I don’t think one type of “fandom” is necessarily better than the other, but being used to “passive” it was eye-opening to see a more agressive style of root, root, rooting for the home team.

Notes:


If the Twins completely fall out of the race after being disgraced (20-6) against Texas, the above picture will be the image of the season for the Minnesota Twins.  Mr. Everything.

Preview (47-55, 4th, 3.5 GB CWS): Carl Pavano (6-7, 4.24) vs. CJ Wilson (10-4, 2.94)

It’s A Long Road…

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 Since I started watching baseball back in 1996, there has been one constant to my Minnesota Twins universe: getting healthy on the Kansas City Royals.  Back in the late 90s, we would get many of our 60-70 wins per season by beating the boys in blue.  Since 2001, we have looked forward to their presence (whether here or at Kauffman Stadium doesn’t seem to make a difference) to fuel winning streaks and douse losing skids.

Tonight, the Twins once again outclassed the boys from KC, as Carl Pavano shut them down (8 IP, 2 ER) for most of the game, while Delmon Young continued to swing a healthy bat (HR #7) and the Twins banged out 10 hits en route to a 6-2 victory.

Seriously, and I would love to get some comments on this, why are the Royals still so bad?  Besides a extraordinary early-season streak in 2003 (followed by an equally tremendous fade, of course) that gave them an over-.500 record, the last time they were eclipsing that mark was in 1994 when the strike hit.  I just don’t understand how a team can be “rebuilding” for that long and still have plays like what happened tonight: a guy fails to touch second base while trying to turn a double play, and their left fielder let a ball sail over his head after seeming to have it measured.  This has been going on for far too long in KC, and I want to know why.  I kind of feel bad for the organization and fans (be careful what you wish for, I know), as I know the frustration of enduring “lean years”.  Thoughts from KC fans or others are welcome.

Preview (35-24, 1st, 4.5 GA DET): Bruce Chen (2-0, 2.95) vs. Scott Baker (5-4, 4.52). Bruce Chen?  Bruce Chen??!!  Never again will I complain about the Twins having any pitching “woes”.

Holding Serve

8315043e-c72e-4ca1-aa69-2191e65fac6d.jpgWell, the Twins managed to stick a fork in the White Sox for the second time this season, although this time I’m actually hoping they rise from that grave and put a beat-down on the Tigers this weekend.

It wasn’t pretty last night, but the Twins hung on for the Pale Hose sweep at The Cell and kept themselves in the thick of the AL Central race.

Basically, after today, the AL Central race will be down to four teams: Kansas City, Chicago, Minnesota, and Chicago.  Two are spoilers, while two are trying to reach the promised land.  Here are the remaining schedules for both the Twins and Tigers:

DET: 1 @ CLE, 3 @ CWS, 4 vs. MN, 3 vs. CWS

MN: 3 @ KC, 4 @ DET, 3 vs. KC

You know, for a team that hasn’t seriously competed for the division in quite awhile (the 2003 fade aside), the Royals have been in the thick of playoffs races almost every year.  In 2006 they helped the Twins overtake the Tigers on the final day of the season, while last year they forced the Twins to play a 163rd game that we would eventually lose.  It will be no different this year.  Both Detroit and Minnesota are talented enough to beat the boys from Kauffman Stadium, but the question is who will feel the pressure the most?

If I had to guess, I will say that the Twins will come into the big Detroit series about the same as where we are right now…2.5 GB, give or take 0.5.  That is, of course, unless KC plays spoiler again…

Preview (79-73, 2nd, 2.5 GB DET): Carl Pavano (12-11, 4.82) vs. Robinson Tejada (4-1, 2.94). Are you sure we can’t just skip Pavano and pitch him twice in the Detroit series?!  Maybe Rick Anderson can rig up a pair of glasses for him that turn the Royal batters into Tigers.

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