I've done four bonfires since I got to Minnesota, which is four more total than what I did from 2008-2016 previously. Are they just a huge thing here?
Three home runs for Adam Brett Walker II! A Miracle comeback for Fort Myers! A big day for Eduardo Escobar on a rehab assignment!
Al Simmons (1902)
Terris McDuffie (1910)
Jose Valdivielso (1934)
Ron Piche (1935)
Rich Garcia (1942)
Walt Hriniak (1943)
Tommy John (1943)
Jim Colborn (1946)
Jose Mesa (1966)
Al Levine (1968)
Julian Tavarez (1973)
Terris McDuffie pitched from 1930-1954, playing in the Negro Leagues, the Cuban Winter League, the Mexican League, the Puerto Rican League, the Dominican League, the Venezuelan League, the California Winter League, and the minor leagues. His biography at b-r.com is worth reading.
Rich Garcia was an American League umpire from 1975-1999.
Tommy John was one of the Twins’ television broadcasters from 1994-1996.
Time for some (possibly premature) INDIE ROCK NOSTALGIA!
These two songs are almost too on-the-nose (sorry, Colin) as a distillation of the distinctions of the Krug and Boeckner styles.
Thanks for another great week at the helm, everybody!
Josh Donaldson was tossed out of the game for doing something.
It's five minutes to noon, and no one has put on a new cup. The weather outside is just perfect. All in all, it looks like a lazy Saturday.*
That reminds me, I finally got around to registering for the MS 150 this morning. If you're interested in helping me raise some money to continue to fund research to fight MS, my donation page is here.
*If spooky is working today, I hope he counts the number of tumblewoods that blow past.
Fernando Romero is perfect in his 2016 debut. A second good game for Nick Greenwood. A big day for Daniel Kihle.
Fred Dunlap (1859)
Eddie Grant (1883)
Earl Averill (1902)
Hank Johnson (1906)
Mace Brown (1909)
Monty Stratton (1912)
Larry Napp (1919)
Ed Fitz Gerald (1924)
El Tappe (1927)
Moe Thacker (1934)
Barry Latman (1936)
Bobby Cox (1941)
Kent Hrbek (1960)
Bryce Florie (1970)
Tom Martin (1970)
Chris Widger (1971)
Mark Quinn (1974)
Josh Hamilton (1981)
Andrew Miller (1985)
Matt Wieters (1986)
Larry Napp was an American League umpire from 1951-1974.
El Tappe had a twin brother, Mel Tappe, who played in the minors.
We would also like to wish a happy birthday to zooomx.2
I know a lot of people don't like this guy, but I do think he's got a pretty good voice and I try not to take him too seriously. I miss the mariachi horns on the bridge, though.
If the Twins can score some runs, there is a reasonable chance that they can get win #11. Tyler "The Duffman" Duffy is on the mound.
Rex Robbie Grossman gets his Twins debut tonight. Baseball-Reference says he has played in 190 games in 3 season with the Astros but to be honest, I have never heard of this guy.
Skim has already been invited to Valleyfair by a new school friend. I worried so much about them finding good friends, but I'm starting to wonder why.
Jason Wheeler and Max Kepler lead the Red Wings to victory. Trey Vavra homers in the twelfth to provide a Miracle win. A walkoff wild pitch makes the difference for the Kernels as Sam Clay continues to pitch well.
Last Wednesday, a friend of mine listened to Radiohead's newest, A Moon Shaped Pool, on the way back from mushroom hunting.
The album itself is good. It'll take a number of additional listens before I have any idea what to think of it, but my initial thought is that it's quite good - even if I still wish they'd bring the guitars back.
What it really got me thinking about, though, was how differently I approach music when I'm listening with someone else. I'm automatically more critical of what I'm listening to - not necessarily in a negative way, just in a slightly more mindful way. It's kind of fun. I wish I got to do it more often.
I've also been listening to a weirdly high number of NES soundtracks lately.
Drop your ten.
Walt Burnham (1860)
Joe Harris (1891)
George Grantham (1900)
Pete Appleton (1904)
Hal Newhouser (1921)
Herman Wedemeyer (1924)
Tom Morgan (1930)
Ken Boyer (1931)
Sadaharu Oh (1940)
Bobby Murcer (1946)
Ralph Bryant (1961)
David Wells (1963)
Todd Stottlemyre (1965)
Ramon Hernandez (1976)
Jayson Werth (1979)
Austin Kearns (1980)
Walt Burham was a minor league manager from 1885-1907, winning 1,164 games.
Outfielder Herman Wedemeyer played for Class C Salt Lake City in 1950. He was a star running back in the All-America Football Conference and later appeared in over 300 episodes of the original Hawaii Five-O, playing Sergeant Edward “Duke” Lukela.
Right-hander Tom Morgan was with Washington at the end of 1960, appearing in fourteen games with them. On January 31, 1961, before the franchise played a game in Minnesota, he was sold to the Los Angeles Angels.
Sadaharu Oh hit 868 home runs in Japan.
Outfielder Ralph Bryant was drafted by Minnesota in the thirteenth round of the January draft in 1981, but he did not sign.
This is not connected to the Twins or baseball in any way we're aware of, but we'd like to wish a happy 89th birthday to Bud Grant.
We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to hungry joe.
There do not appear to be any other major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins born on this day.
I know she's been played here a number of times already (h/t Bootsy) but whatever, she's awesome. And I couldn't find a good video of something else I wanted to play.
At least this is one performer I have managed to see live this year. Same night this video was recorded, in fact.
Heading into the elevator on the way back to my car that night this dude asked if I'd been at the Wolves game. I was like, "Nah, bro, First Ave." Then he was like, "Aw yeah, I heard them playing on the Current tonight!" And I was like, "Yeah man, Julia Holter!" Then the door shut. That's the end of that story.
Ervin Santana faces off against Marco Estrada. While both pitchers sport 1-2 records, Santana has managed 29.1 innings over 6 starts with a decent 3.38 ERA and 3.36 FIP, but a 1.50 WHIP, 124 ERA+, opponents batting average of .281 and BABIP of .341 and only 27 strikeouts on the year.
On the other hand, Estrada has pitched 43.2 innings in 7 starts with a shiny 2.89 ERA, a 3.64 FIP, 1.14 WHIP, 141 ERA+, opponents BA of .199 and BABIP of .241 and 41 strikeouts. He's seen only 2.06 runs/9 of support compared to 3.38 for Santana...we'll see how it goes.
The Twins brand has lost it's luster during the first 8 weeks of the season ... more losses than wins, poor hitting, fielding, pitching, managing and roster construction in general resulting in lots of moves in non-competitive season. Moves that appear to be, to borrow a well-worn analogy, like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Hopefully for the long-suffering diehard fans (5 of 6 years of 90+ losses!?) and those youngsters in the stands getting their first taste of live baseball (there's gotta be a few families taking advantage of the dirt-cheap secondary market, eh?) may the home team bring home a win today!
Kennys Vargas stays hot. Randy LeBlanc throws the blanks. Williams Ramirez makes a fine Class A debut.
With three weeks down and 49 to go in this apartment, I'm starting to get a feeling that we're going to leave some of this junk packed.
Goose Curry (1905)
Gil McDougald (1928)
Curt Simmons (1929)
Larry McCoy (1941)
Dan Ford (1952)
Rick Cerone (1954)
Ed Whitson (1955)
Luis Salazar (1956)
Eric Show (1956)
Turk Wendell (1967)
Brandon Inge (1977)
Outfielder Goose Curry was a star in the Negro Leagues, batting over .300 several times.
This author's first baseball glove was a Gil McDougald model.
Larry McCoy was an American League umpire from 1971-1999.
Eric Show was drafted by Minnesota in the 36th round in 1974, but did not sign.
Here's another band that's been through the Cities a couple times in the past year that I'd like to see but haven't gotten around to yet. I gotta move back up there, I'd probably go to a lot more shows.
Mount St. Helens erupted 36 years ago today, just as many tiny earthquakes likely means it's refilling its chambers with magma as we speak. Don't worry, shouldn't be as bad next time.
Tommy Field and Kennys Vargas lead the Red Wings. Chattanooga and Cedar Rapids could not climb out of early holes. Only three hits for Fort Myers. Continue reading Minor Details: Games of May 17
Still going to chicken out of playing my favorite song off their debut album, but this is also pretty good.
Admit it. You had this one circled on your calendar for a while now didn’t you? Phil Hughes v. Mike Pelfrey. Sure they are a combined 1-10 but we all know wins and losses means nothing at the Major League Level. This is Hughesy versus Big Pelf. Former stable mates now going head-to-head for supremacy of the bottom of the AL Central. It doesn’t get any better than this and after yesterday’s epic yet failed comeback by the Twins, you just know it’s payback time. First pitch at 6:10p Central.