# August 22, 2012: Background

Yesterday it dawned on me that although I keep turning the Twins games on, I really don’t watch much of them these days. It’s on, I’m in the room and I’m not really doing anything else, but I can’t tell you just about anything that’s happened in the game.

### 123 LTEs written in response to August 22, 2012: Background

• hungry joe

aw, crap, that reminds me: i never did the monday recap.

they won. and there was much rejoicing.

• dude, they win so few, we really NEED those kind of recaps

• hungry joe

that’s the response i was looking for.

• socaltwinsfan

Gardy on Maestro playing second base:

He was an infielder and was moved to the outfield, and that’s because a lot of the balls ended up in the outfield anyway.

• Jeff A

That reminds me of a quote (can’t remember who said it) that it’s better to play the infield than the outfield because when you miss one in the infield, you don’t have to go chase it.

• bhiggum

Gardy does end up with some good quotes. I’d like more like this one and fewer of the “battling his tail off” variety.

• Philosofer

Yeah. Gardy should just aspire to be Casey Stengel.

• Shouldn’t they all?

• Yogi is king.

When you come to the fork in the road, take it.

• meat

No kidding, my old man texted me that line last night. I asked what to do about the spoon, he replied that I should take that too.

• meat

Nothing tops, “I’m not arguing balls and strikes, I’m arguing you suck”.

• SBG

That’s an all-timer, for sure.

• hungry joe

as promised, more photos to tease you with, bootsy.

• Merci beaucoup.

• New Britain Bo

Missed the shot of the gravy on the poutine.

• hungry joe

i’m poutine-less so far. but i did just get back from schwartz’s. holy mother…

• brianS

ok, “sausage and mayo”?? Not even a French Canadian could be so crass.

• hungry joe

heh, that was in the chinatown i apparently stumbled across. don’t worry, montreal made up for it (see all the way below).

also, schwartz’s. OMFG…

• UncleWalt

audible groan.

• AMR

#71! That’s almost like a C!

• It drives Linds nuts when Provus gives out the details of the uniforms at the beginning of the game. I would think that since she herself has distinct preferences in the different alternates that the Twins wear that she’d find it interesting, but she nearly always comments that it’s silly for the radio man to point this out.

• Huh…I like that he does it too (not that I’ve listened to a radio broadcast in ages). What’s the downside of a radio announcer painting a picture of what’s on the field?

This is a good time to mention that the scene in Amelie where she explains the happenings on the street to the blind man may have made me happier than any scene in film history. It’s only tangentially related, but it’s been on my mind, so here we are.

• socaltwinsfan

Yeah, many radio announcers in other sports tell you which way the team is going by his perspective (“The Timberwolves are going left to right to start the game.”)

• Amelie is a top 10 (5?) for me.

• I’d say the same. 10 (5?)

• hungry joe

dido. i haven’t watched that movie in years because i watched it so much before that i want to wait until it’s special again.

• AMR

Back when I paid for gameday audio, I listened to a few different broadcasts. The Rangers crew described the unis elegantly. I remember the mention of piping and pinstripes. I loved it.

• brianS

minor AP fial this morning in the Sac Bee: they reported that Revere advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Willingpig’s single. Did their reporter watch the first inning??

• socaltwinsfan

Yahoo’s AP story still says the same thing even though the box score with the pbp shows correctly that he scored on a wild pitch. What’s really sad is the Sac Bee uses the AP for A’s home games. You’d think they could at least get a freelancer to cover the A’s in Oakland for them.

• brianS

weekday game against the worst team in the league? Not worth it when there’s NFL preseason practice to cover!!!1111one1111!!!

• socaltwinsfan

This is … bizarre.

• hungry joe

for some reason, that reminds me of this scene:

David: All she told the police is that he was boring.
Nate: What, that’s it? … Sick part is, I understand it. … Sometimes I’m boring.
David: Me, too. [awkward silence]

• That scene runs through my head all the time. I love the performances of both actors.

• The worst part of waking up

• Grounds for divorce, if you ask me.

• AMR

It took a few hours for this to percolate.

• brianS

No doubt he was a real drip.

• brianS

Also did he ask for one lump or two?

• AMR

Whatever he asked for, she creamed him.

• ubelmann

It seems like divorce is a better option if you’re really fed up with your husband, but maybe that’s just me.

• brianS

also, opportunity alert! The A’s DFA’d AAA pitcher Graham Godfrey. What what?

I’m not aware of any injuries that would justify this move. He’s in his age-27 season and has had two (unsuccessful) cups of coffee. currently 9-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 60:26 K:BB in 104 innings this season. Last year with Sac he was 14-3 with a 2.68 ERA (3.19 FIP, 155 TRA+ according to Statcorner) and 89:30 in 107 1/3.

sure sounds like he’d be worth a look. Not a power pitcher, to be sure. But a lot of success in a high-offense environment in the PCL.

[it appears he was a casualty of the Stephen Drew trade and the return of Seth Smith to the A's; Jemile Weeks was demoted and Godfrey DFA'd to make room on the 40-man roster for Drew]

• socaltwinsfan

Sounds like a Twins pitcher for sure.

• ubelmann

Pretty successful overall, yeah, but probably a better candidate for Rochester than Minnesota. His strikeout rate has dropped pretty far this year (7.4+ K/9 to 5.2 K/9), and a 2.9 BB/9 rate isn’t bad, but it’s not all that good either, especially for a soft tosser. If he has one standout pitch, it might be worth checking him out in the bullpen, I suppose.

• AMR

I believe the Twins have some room on the 40-man.

• seels58

If they knew Bartolo Colon was going to get 50 games they could have kept him!

There’s a vigilante on the loose in Hastings.

• brianS

that’s cold.

• AMR

Is that a picture of New Guy?

• New Guy

I wish!

• New Britain Bo

• Well, now I’m depressed.

• bhiggum

I’m more “Eewwwww” than depressed.

• I’m kind of surprised there’s only 10 years’ age difference between the two. I expected more. Much more.

• Twayn

H8er boi.

• AMR

Well, they are both Canadian, so it makes some sense.
I hope that poutine is served at the reception.

• brianS

Points.

• hungry joe

CC to beau, zack, nibbs, and others: test your skill.

• 13. I forgot how many of the classics hadn’t come out by then.

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• I got 15. Only a couple were of the “I really should’ve known that” variety. I’m with nibbish, I was hung up on a lot of games that hadn’t made it out by then.

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• If this were to actually sell for $12,000, I’d honestly consider liquidating my entire collection. • hungry joe seems legit. • Beau wow, not even a picture of these extremely common games that normally cost a quarter • Beau yeah, there’s only a couple of games that sell for that price • Yeah, if I had one of those games eBay would be the last damn place I sold it. The most valuable things I have are probably things that are right around ~$100. Anything more expensive than that I’d probably need to score via a trade or a find of a lifetime. I really regret not buying Panzer Dragoon Saga when it was “only” around \$125. Frown.

• Beau

It seems to be that ebay is typically the place that those rare games get sold.

• Yeah I think a lot of them end up there, but I don’t know. eBay’s policies for sellers have gotten pretty bad. The auction fees + PayPal fees would take out a pretty big cut, and it’d be pretty easy for a buyer to file a claim and win with eBay even if you described the item exactly and it was delivered promptly. I assume when we’re talking about the types of collectors that will drop ten plus grand on a game that’s unlikely to happen, but you know.

Mostly I was just commenting on how much I don’t really like eBay. It’s pretty much my only option to find a lot of games, though.

• punmanbowler

I’m ashamed to say I only got 11.
That was hard.

• I got 4, shoulda known about 3 more.

• Beau

15 out of 30. Embarrassed by nearly every one I missed, especially since I had the copy of Nintendo Power and wore it out, and because a few of the ones I missed are in my top 100

• HomerDome

I got 4 and then quit and lamented the fact that I didn’t have a Nintendo as a kid.

• 14 here. There’s one I play a couple times a year to this day and still managed to miss:

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I’ll give myself a pass on about 8-10 that I missed. I knew of them, but didn’t play them.

• cheaptoy

I got 10 of 30.

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• hungry joe

what’s with all these baseball players taking responsibility for their actions?

• meat

File under an embarrassment of opportunities: Dr. Chop’s new school just offered me unrestricted access to their shop and the title of artist in residence. This isn’t making my decision any easier.

• Twayn

Is there any salary included in that offer?

• brianS

can you do both? a hoidy-toidy L.A. affiliation just adds shine to their “Artist-in-residence” designation, dontit?

• meat

LA comes with a 5 year minimum.

• brianS

is that like a three-drink minimum?

seriously, a 5-year contract? guaranteed money?

• Ha! This isn’t sports. I’m guessing it’s a 5-year minimum commitment.

• meat

If only it were guaranteed money.

• “Artist in Occasional Residence” has a nice ring to it.

• Twayn

I saw this on the Twins website today and it made me laugh a little and cry a little.

• bhiggum

I believe that’s called a “solitaire” setting.

• ubelmann

+128.54 carats

• A while back the same thing was showing for Frankie. I felt the same way.

• “I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.” -- Abraham Lincoln.

• Chelsea -- Reading is underway on ESPN2. 0-0 in the 15th minute.

• HomerDome

Shout out to former Fulham man Pogrebnyak leveling it in the 24th.

• freealonzo

Chelsea (Champions of Europe) v. Reading on ESPN3 you guys. Chelsea up 1-0 in first 20 minutes.

EDIT: Guess I should have refreshed before posting. ESPN3.com for you computer users

• HomerDome

Only a couple black players on Reading, so John Terry should be in the clear.

• freealonzo

I laughed.

• hungry joe

hey, you guys, chelsea v. reading up on ESPN3 right now. chelsea out to an early lead in about the 25th.

• HomerDome

Cech doing his best impression of Robert Green makes it 2-1 Reading.

• HomerDome

Chelsea is looking slow and sloppy.

• freealonzo

Really. Reading totally dominated the last 20 minutes of that half.

• HomerDome

Oscar looks like he’s about 12.

• freealonzo

I’m really interested in seeing Hazard and Oscar play together, could be a lot of fun.

• HomerDome

Well offside for Torres.

• Omar is visiting (it’s doggy swim day at the pool) and I took him out for a little constitutional and I missed Reading’s second. This little guy always seems to do that to me. Remind me if the Twins get the bases loaded, he’s gonna go for a wee.

Flipped it on just in time to see Terry being a little bitch in the penalty area.

• freealonzo

That was pretty!

• freealonzo

I think Chelsea had 4 touches in the box on that goal.

• Torres was offside. I thought he was in live action, but you could really tell on the replay.

• HomerDome

Another non-call going in the favor of the big team.

• freealonzo

Reading gave Chelsea fits when they were attacking. I would question their decision to “play prevent defense” when they had a goal lead.

• New Britain Bo

WGOM Fun -- Active Citizens now shows twin Rhu_Ru’s.

• hungry joe

it used to do that all the time. then i think sean walked up to it, banged with his fist, turned around, and said, “eeeeeeeeyyyy!”.

true story.

• sean also updated the icons in the music video posts.

• I’m surprised there was even one. I left it in “passive” mode while sitting in meetings all. freakin’. day. Thank God my flight was delayed an hour and a half. *bangs head on airport food court table*

• Beau

• holy cats, there WAS! How did you know that?!

• sean

• brianS

I don’t even want to think about hashing that.

• bhiggum

I’m glad you used that excellent descriptive term here instead of making the rest of us have to compete against it in “Play with the Prose”.

• Philosofer

“Mitchum”… nope.
“Drysol”… nope
“Secret For Women”… I’m in!

• We just got back from taking Omar to the Doggy Dip at the local pool. Being the genius he is, he decided to try his hand at the deep end even though he can’t swim. His big head and chest drug him down like an anchor. Luckily, he was equipped with his life vest and I was able to fish him out pretty quickly. He shook it off like it was nothing and went about his business in the shallow end.

He had a great time and will probably sleep until Friday.

• brianS