58 thoughts on “April 13, 2018: 2000”

  1. Greetings from Humphrey Terminal 2. Splurging on a trip to see a concert, but unwilling to pay as much as would be required to travel at

  2. Greetings from Humphrey Terminal 2. Splurging on a trip to see a concert, but unwilling to pay as much as would be required to travel at my preferred hour? Logic, thou hast no place here.

    1. Ha, a week from now I'll be in your shoes, taking a way-too-early flight for similar reasons. (Though without the concert part.)

    2. Mr. Prine is one of the few performers I have seen in concert more than once. Great performer, great storyteller.

    3. So…I have tickets to this concert!

      I had a work week in NYC this week. However, a couple days ago I clumsily turned my ankle walking to the office. Throughout the day it got worse and the next morning it was really bad. Yesterday I pulled the plug, changed my flight to get back home right away (and before the blizzard), went into the doctor and confirmed my black-and-blue foot was a terrible sprain, but not a break. Crutches and RICE for a week.

      The biggest thing keeping me from making this call was not work and the 40-odd people I was to be socializing with, but the tickets my good friend and I had to that damn concert. Alas.

      Sometime in the future I think I'll be doing the "fly to see Sturgill" thing as well. Sadly that version will probably not include Prine.

  3. April 13, its raining, and there is a blizzard warning in the forecast today. Everything is fine.

    1. We're about an hour and a half into an all-day blizzard. I am grateful that: a) it's not supposed to be a three-day blizzard; b) for all the grief we give weather forecasters, people have had plenty of warning for it. Most schools had already called off last night, before anything had even started. No one has an excuse for being surprised by this; c) now that so many power lines are buried, there's less chance of a power outage. It still could happen, of course, but when I was young it would've been pretty much a certainty.

    2. My dad and stepmom were going to drive up and stay for the weekend. It's been planned for weeks. My stepmom rarely leaves her hometown and has never been to a home of ours. She just doesn't get out. We were all kind of looking forward to this, but the impending blizzard is keeping them home.

  4. I guess you can play long games despite the Manfred Rule. The Red Wings went fourteen innings last night.

  5. Did everyone know that Reg E. Cathey is dead? February 9th, apparently. Loved his work. I probably just wasn’t in the basement when it was announced.

  6. I blame Jim Souhan writing garbage about Joe Mauer for all those years as to why Joe Mauer doesnt get enough love from sports fans in this market.

    1. Souhan comes in for his share of the blame, and so do some others, but most of all I blame Twins management at the time. When all the garbage was being written and said, there was absolutely no pushback from the Twins. Gardy, Terry Ryan, Bill Smith, no one stood up and said this was a bunch of baloney. If anything, they encouraged it.

      1. I think concussions are better understood now, but he (and Mountie, and Koskie) took a lot of cr@p they shouldn't have if people knew what they do now. I'll also blame ii for his typical rabble rousing as well. I'm glad we didn't have to see him play through a concussion!

        Still, haters gonna hate.

        1. I agree that concussions are understood better now, but Twins management should've known Mauer well enough to take him at his word and not assume he was faking injuries.

  7. Mauer is currently leading the major leagues in batting average (.412) and on-base percentage (.545!!). This seems vaguely familiar. He's also 8th in OPS (1.075).

  8. The Twins are batting .388/.455/.714 the third time through the order against a starting pitcher. That is an insane 187 OPS+ for this split. As a team, they have a 111 OPS+ overall.

    1. I just saw that they were touring. I met both at a convention in 1996 but have never seen any of the live shows since (by any of the groups that have done them).

  9. An interesting piece on Dr. John Plunkett.

    I very recently contacted him about a matter I was working on (not SBS, but... similar enough). He and his wife were very gracious with their time and assistance.

  10. During the Cubs pregame show, Ron Coomer repeatedly referred to runs as "points". I found that incredibly annoying.

    1. The last time I did that was 50 years ago, and my older brothers berated me for it so badly I've never repeated the error.

    1. I'd like to see someone do a Moneyball study on how much more MLB could make if they optimized their schedule based on weather.

      Houston at Minnesota in April?!

      1. Problem there would be warm weather teams having 3-week road trips during the summer, which players would never go for and it would harm attendance for those teams who would have a bunch more home games when kids are in school and attendance is at its lowest.

  11. Adalberto Mejia was supposed to start for Rochester tonight but instead he is in Minnesota. Presumably he would've started tonight had there been a game.

    1. They definitely need some more bullpen pitchers given all the off days (and general trouble they’ve had giving them all work).

    2. With all the games cancelled and two off days, this move give LaMarre an opportunity to stay in game shape

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