It's 8:20pm on Wednesday, but I'm making the coffee now to prevent Milkman from brewing up any more prognostications.
11:18pm update: Did the Twins clinch the second AL Wild Card as Spooky spooky'd? Yes. That was also the last opportunity for them to advance their crazy season despite losing. Be careful what you wish for...
Lou Bierbauer (1865)
Wilbur Good (1885)
Jack Fournier (1889)
Whitey Witt (1895)
Al Evans (1916)
Dick Gernert (1928)
Grant Jackson (1942) Pete Filson (1958) Jerry Layne (1958)
Todd Worrell (1959)
Ed Vosberg (1961)
Charlie Kerfeld (1963)
Matt Vasgersian (1967)
Mike DeJean (1970)
Ryan Zimmerman (1984) Nick Greenwood (1987) Eddie Rosario (1991)
Jerry Layne has been a major league umpire since 1989.
Matt Vasgersian has been a major league baseball broadcaster since 1997.
Whit Wyatt (1907)
Dick Hall (1930)
Dave Wickersham (1935)
Gary Sutherland (1944) Mike Schmidt (1949) Bob Veselic (1955) Don Schulze (1962) Todd Blyleven (1972)
Vicente Padilla (1977) Jon Rauch (1978) Jon Garland (1979)
Todd Blyleven is, as you probably know, the son of Bert Blyleven. He pitched in the minor leagues for seven years, getting as high as AA, then was a scout for eight years.
Really not much to say here. The Twins on the path for the 2nd Wildcard and Cleveland winning at an historic rate lately, while still fighting for home field through the ALCS and perhaps World Series so both teams have something to play for.
Should be a fun series.
Bartolo Colon on the mound and based on previous starts, may not have a whole lot left or at least batters have figured out to just go after that big and sexy first pitch. Josh Timlin on the mound for the Wahoos and while his season numbers are 9-9 with a 4.98 ERA, he is 5-0 in his last five starts. Thus proving that old adage: when a team goes 29-2 over 31 games, the pitchers are going to pick up a bunch of wins.
Game time at 6:10p local. By 10:00p, we could be celebrating a playoff birth. What a country.