Happy Birthday–April 26

Jack Barry (1887)
Ray Caldwell (1888)
Hack Wilson (1900)
Bernard Malamud (1914)
Sal Maglie (1917)
Virgil Trucks (1917)
Ron Northey (1920)
Granny Hamner (1927)
Amos Otis (1947)
Tom Norton (1950)
Mike Scott (1955)
Steve Lombardozzi (1960)
Curtis Wilkerson (1961)
Brian Anderson (1972)
Geoff Blum (1973)
Kosuke Fukudome (1977)
Joe Crede (1978)
Alejandro Machado (1982)

Bernard Malamud, of course, wrote the book "The Natural".  He probably wrote some other books as well.

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Happy Birthday–April 25

John Henry “Pop” Lloyd (1884)
George Fiall (1900)
Bill Grieve (1900)
Roy Parmelee (1907)
Bobby Estalella (1911)
Red Flaherty (1917)
Ed Vargo (1930)
Lew Krausse (1943)
Kerry Taylor (1950)
Greg Wells (1954)
Larry Pashnick (1956)
Tony Phillips (1959)
Darren Holmes (1966)
Joe Buck (1969)
Brad Clontz (1971)
Jacque Jones (1975)
J. P. Howell (1983)
Garrett Mock (1983)

Shortstop Pop Lloyd was called the Black Honus Wagner.

A member of the basketball hall of fame as part of the “Renaissance Five” team, shortstop George Fiall played in the Negro Leagues from 1918-1931.

Bill Grieve was an American League umpire from 1938-1955.

Red Flaherty was an American League umpire from 1953-1973.

Ed Vargo was a National League umpire from 1960-1983 and was an umpire supervisor from 1984-1997.

Kerry Taylor played for the GCL Twins in 1968.  He then went into the Army and was killed in the Vietnam War.

The son of Hall of Famer Jack Buck, some sources say that Joe Buck is also a professional baseball broadcaster.

Garrett Mock was drafted by Minnesota in the fourteenth round in 2002, but did not sign.

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Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain

It's a sad day for Minnesota, and music in general. Prince indelibly changed the face of not only music, but fashion, culture, and even perception itself. Here, Prince holds court over First Ave, debuting what may be his most famous song right here for your viewing pleasure (at least as long as the lawyers allow it).


1983

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2016 Game 18: Twins at Nationals

They say a baseball season gives you two months to figure out what's wrong with your team, two months to fix it, and two months to contend. This team may need more time on the front end than that.

Due to stiffness in Irvin Santana's back, Tyler Duffy will get today's start for the Twins. Duffy did well in limited time last year and contended for the the final rotation spot throughout spring training. He'll square off against Stephen Strasburg because what the [redacted], it's not like we haven't faced enough really good starting pitching already this year, right?

So yeah, the Twins play so far this season leaves something to be desired. But what the hell, folks, it's the only game in town.

Play ball.

Khatchadour Tankian – Bari Arakeel (feat. Serj Tankian)

The love – the love for the music, the love for the culture, the love of father & son – is palpable in this video.

Pops Hayes and I had a falling out when I was sixteen. I moved out of his house and never moved back. I spent a lot of time in my teens and early twenties trying to define myself as anything other than what I saw in him. Eventually that meant running away from the life I was living. The dangers implicit in that new life eventually led to a reconciliation, one which he initiated & worked at until I trusted him enough to reach for the outstretched hand. Getting to know Pops again as an adult eventually led to friendship. Getting to know him as a humble, dying man ennobled by his approach to mortality led to admiration. Getting older without him has led to recognition – I see him in my face, I see him in my better moments, I see him in my less admirable moments. I might have succeeded in completely defining myself as something apart from him, but I don't think I would succeeded at maintaining that difference forever.

Pops laid the foundation for a lot of my musical taste. I grew up listening to Johnny Cash & Chicago, Louis Armstrong & CCR, polka on KWNO, bluegrass on WIZM, & oldies on KQEG. As I got older, my sonic adventurism led me to new musical places. Once we were back on speaking terms, we spent a fair amount of time talking about music. Pops didn't always like the stuff I brought him – he didn't care for Johnny Cash's American Recordings albums, for example – but he kept an open mind.

With one exception, the music I've played this week is stuff I've discovered since Pops died. It's stuff I would've liked to share with him, to hear what he thought. I think he'd really have enjoyed most of it, and at least been intrigued by all of it. We aren't Armenian, so "Bari Arakeel" has no special cultural significance to my family. But the performance...I know Pops would have been interested in the music. I know he would've recognized the love.

It'll be five years tomorrow. I love you, Pops.

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Happy Birthday–April 24

Bob Ewing (1873)
Howard Ehmke (1894)
Harry Harper (1895)
Andy Cooper (1896)
Ed Musial (1922)
Frank Lucchesi (1927)
Lou DiMuro (1931)
Terry Tata (1940)
Ivan Murrell (1943)
Bill Singer (1944)
Pat Zachry (1952)
Bill Krueger (1958)
Mike Blowers (1965)
Omar Vizquel (1967)
Todd Jones (1968)
Chipper Jones (1972)
John Barnes (1976)
Carlos Beltran (1977)
Miss SBG (2007)

Andy Cooper pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1920-1939.  He managed the Kansas City Monarchs to four consecutive Negro American League Championships from 1937-1940.  He also holds the Negro Leagues career record for saves with 29.

The brother of Stan Musial, Ed Musial played in the minors in 1941 and from 1946-1950.

Frank Lucchesi managed in the minors for twenty-three seasons and in the majors for seven seasons.

Lou DiMuro was an American League umpire from 1963-1982.

Terry Tata was a National League umpire from 1973-1999.

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Game 17: old senators @ new senators

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Caleb wrote that.  What he lacks in sound analysis, he makes up for with sheer exuberance.

With the season one tenth done already, we press on, hoping that the second tenth is better than the first.

It's our annual "outside chore day", so I don't have much time to put this together, so no Twins on Leaderboards. Suffice to say, Mauer ha looked a lot like his old self, Sano is heating up, and Nolasco has already provided more value this year than his first two seasons combined.

Hughes vs. Roark. Let's put last night behind us.

Cécile McLorin Salvant – Nobody

What makes a vocal artist truly incomparable? Power? Range? Fluidity? Tone? Idiosyncrasy of delivery? Some singers have all three: Hank. Ella. Sinatra. Odetta. Sam Cooke. Elvis. Little Richard. Johnny Cash. Ray Charles. Patsy Cline. Otis Redding. Aretha. James Brown. Diana Ross. George Jones. Wilson Pickett. Nina Simone. Solomon Burke. Mavis Staples. Al Green. Dolly Parton. Marvin. Stevie Wonder. Tom Jones. Freddie Mercury. Prince. Tina. Michael Jackson. Chris Cornell. Adele. Gregory Porter.

Cécile McLorin Salvant has all those same qualities. She sings in a genre not many people are listening to anymore, but she's only 26. She'll be on that list someday. One more from the same WNYC session:

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April 23, 2016: That Crushing Feeling

Is there a name for the thing where, when one wakes up in the middle of the night, he can't stop obsessing over all the worst possible things that could happen in his life? It's like I have depression that's completely confined to the hours of 2 to 4 in the morning. I guess that's better than two hours of depression at a time I'm always awake.

Minor Details: Games of April 21

An outstanding start for Jose Berrios.  Tyler Jay straightens out after a rough first inning.

ROCHESTER 5, PAWTUCKET 0 IN ROCHESTER

Jose Berrios struck out seven in seven innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, to lead the Red Wings.  Two singles and two errors led to two runs in the third to give Rochester a 2-0 lead.  Heiker Meneses tripled and scored in the fourth, and the Red Wings got single runs in the seventh and eighth.  John Hicks was 2-for-3 with a home run.  Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-4.  In three starts, Berrios is 2-0, 1.06, 0.94 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 17 innings.

MISSISSIPPI 4, CHATTANOOGA 2 IN MISSISSIPPI

Matt Lipka hit a bases-loaded triple in the sixth to put the Braves up 4-0.  The Lookouts scored two in the eighth and had the bases loaded with one out, but D. J. Hicks and Joe Maloney each struck out and the Lookouts went down in order in the ninth.  Ryan Eades struck out five in five innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks.  Daniel Palka was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Levi Michael was 2-for-3.  As a team, Chattanooga is batting .223/.309/.309.

JUPITER 4, FORT MYERS 2 IN FORT MYERS

A walk and four singles led to three first-inning Hammerheads runs, and that was all they needed.  The Miracle cut the lead to 3-2 in the eighth and had men on first and second with two out, but Edgar Corcino grounded out and they went down in order in the ninth.  Tyler Jay did well after the first inning, striking out six in five innings and giving up three runs on five hits and three walks.  Chris Paul was 3-for-5 with two doubles and Trey Vavra was 2-for-4 to raise his average to .300.  Nick Gordon was 1-for-4, dropping his average to .322.

CEDAR RAPIDS AT CLINTON

Rained out.

TODAY'S TILTS

5:35  Buffalo (Chris Leroux, 0-0, 2.25) at Rochester (Logan Darnell, 0-2, 6.17
6:05  Charlotte (Brent Honeywell, 0-0, 0.50) at Fort Myers (Keaton Steele, 0-1, 2.53)
6:15  Birmingham (Tyler Danish, 1-1, 6.00) at Chattanooga (Jason Wheeler, 0-1, 2.65)
6:30  Cedar Rapids (Sam Gibbons, 1-1, 4.66) at Clinton (Nick Wells, 0-2, 12.96)

Ibrahim Maalouf – True Sorry

There are some amazing, groundbreaking jazz trumpet players out there right now: Tomasz Stanko, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Avishai Cohen, Enrico Rava, Arturo Sandoval, Ambrose Akinmusire, Terrence Blanchard... and Ibrahim Maalouf. Maalouf's music blends the sonic landscape of his Lebanese heritage with classical training at a Parisian conservatory, a self-cultivated jazz impulse, and funk-inflected rock.

I gave you the longer, more intimate, small-venue live cut of "True Sorry," but if you like it I hope you'll check out this more expansive, atmospheric live recording made possible by the concert venue a Alcaline. I don't think I can pick between them.

I know you may have been expecting a video by Prince today. Instead, I'll leave you with footage of Ibrahim Maalouf in concert, showcasing a sound that embraces everything Prince stood for (and which he would have most certainly dug):

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Happy Birthday–April 22

Bob Smith (1895)
Taylor Douthit (1901)
Ray Benge (1902)
Lew Riggs (1910)
Mickey Vernon (1918)
John Orsino (1938)
Steve Jones (1941)
David Clyde (1955)
Moose Haas (1956)
Dave Schmidt (1957)
Terry Francona (1959)
Jimmy Key (1961)
Jack Savage (1964)
Mickey Morandini (1966)
George Williams (1969)

We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to rowsdower.

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Game 16: Minnesota at Milwaukee

Remember when we were joakingly discussing the possibility of Minnesota's first win coming against the Brewers because they were the first "obviously inferior" opponent on the schedule? Good times.

A win today salvages a season-split with the Sconnie's and would give the Twins their first road win of the season. It would also get them to 5 wins - the same number of W's as the Astros & Yankees (the other divisions' last-place teams).

R. Nolasco (0-0, 3.21 ERA, 8:2 K:BB, 118 ERA+, 3.25 FIP, 1.000 WHIP - 14 innings)
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T. Jungmann (0-2, 9.00 ERA, 9:4 K:BB, 47 ERA+, 4.81 FIP, 1.615 WHIP - 13 innings)

.500 ball at home and .000 on the road is no way to go through a season - let's break through that barrier fellas!

Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.