As I announced two weeks ago, in honor of the doubleheader today’s View from the Ballpark will be a different kind of challenge – replicating the view via your mapping tool of choice. Click through for the recaps and the picture clue.
Weather: 90°F, sunny
Wind: 5 mph
- Highest WPA, hitter: Valencia .029 (1-3, BB, SO) | Highest WPA, pitcher: Mijares .019 (2.0 IP, BB, 2 K)
- Mauer continues to make his case for the Fielding Grammy at 1b.
- Cuddy go boom!
- Lowest WPA, hitter: Butera, -.146 (0-3, 2 GIDP) | Lowest WPA, pitcher: Swarzak -.191 (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 K)
Weather: 93°F, partly cloudy
Wind: 7 mph
- Highest WPA, hitter: Valencia .124 (2-4, HR, R, RBI, SO) | Highest WPA, pitcher: Burnett .086 (1.2 IP, BB, K)
- Juicy & Plouffe’s homers.
- No Crapps.
- Lowest WPA, hitter: Young, -.169 (0-4) | Lowest WPA, pitcher: Diamond -.229 (6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, HR, 2 BB, K)
- The AAA pitching reinforcements’ performances.
Frustrating loses, both of them. Word is that the Twins are looking for a middle reliever and “may go outside of the organization for help.” Given the current front office’s penchant for overpaying for mediocre relievers, I’m more than a little concerned. I understand that the organization might feel like going for broke in the AL Central race with a nearly-new ballpark and guys like Thome and Cuddyer entering free agency at the end of the year, but I can’t help but think that with every mid-season trade for relievers Bill Smith is bleeding the organization perilously thin on young, cheap talent. I hate to be a wet blanket for those who have been feeling a bit of hope at the recent resurgence, but to me the more sensible thing for the Twins to do is swallow their pride, refocus for next year or the year after, apologize to Jim Thome for not getting him to the playoffs again, and try to make some trades which will bring aboard a young outfielder who isn’t completely lost on both ends of the ball, or a decent pitching prospect, or a middle infielder with a little pop (just to name a few dire needs). If the Twins persist in trying to make the playoffs and actually succeed I will happily eat those words. I just don’t think it’s particularly likely, nor a particularly sensible thing to attempt.
So, on to today’s View from the Ballpark. I’ll admit, I’m more excited about this particular item than I have been for any other in the (admittedly brief) series so far. Your mission this week is to replicate the perspective in this photo as best you can with your mapping tool of choice (Google Maps, Google Earth, etc.). All the clues necessary for pinpointing the view from this ballpark are contained in this photo:
photo by Flickr user ben+maggie
Good luck. Remember, no embiggening.