44 thoughts on “March 1, 2021: March First!”

  1. MLB's site listed every team's active WAR leader: who is the Twins' current WAR leader?

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    Can you name the two active players who are currently also the all-time WAR leaders on their team?

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    1. 1/1; 1/2. I had a hard time coming up with the third and he for some reason didn't pop into my head even though I had him on a keeper fantasy team for years.

  2. I quick smoked some salmon last night. Never done this before but the results were delish. I dry brined a side of wild caught copper river salmon in some salt, a lot of brown sugar, all spice, a hit of red pepper flakes and some nutmeg for 4 hours. I forgot the step where you should rinse off the fish... derp. Lit 3/4 a chimney of coals, dumped them on one side (in my slow n sear) and heated the grill up with the vents wide open. I have some cherry wood floating around from a furniture project that were the perfect size for this kind of smoke - I did run the wood bits under water before throwing them on the fire because I need to move the grate out of the way, put the grate back, oil the grate and then put the fish down. The goal here is to smolder the wood not combust it immediately. Running the wood under water gave me just enough time to accomplish the task. You then close the top vent completely which chokes off the fire. Cooked the salmon flesh side down for 5-7 minutes, and then flipped onto the skin side till they hit 145 degrees. (I also put the skin side over the hottest part of the fire to crisp the skin a bit.....). Total time on the grill was just shy of 17 minutes.

    Superb results. Lightly smoked, salt and sweet with warm spices. Severed over a salad with some goats milk feta, freeze dried blue berries, and some red wine. That will be going in the rotation for sure.

    1. Yumm.

      The allspice and nutmeg are interesting additions to the rub. With salmon, I usually do about 1/3 each of salt, white sugar, and dried dill, and let dry-marinade for 20-minutes to an hour. I don't coat too heavily, so I don't usually rinse. I think you would want to let it air-dry a bit to start forming a bit of pellicle if rinsing, no?

      Great combo with the feta and berries.

  3. The left knee has been feeling a bit vulnerable the past year, especially after a round of golf. Well, yesterday, I was helping bus off a table at the joint and when I turned... pain... lots of it. Couldn't hardly walk the rest of the day or this morning. Orthopedics appointment tomorrow morning. I fear it is another meniscus tear and will require them to clean it up via surgery. Not good timing, considering a lot of physical projects are about to hit at work, and we are a couple months out from getting our butt kicked with a new patio. The silver lining is I am confined to my office for a few days and can get the last of my accounting from 2020 cleaned up for tax purposes.

      1. I’m pretty impressed with this Rays radio broadcast. Whoever this guy is, he’s keeping a monologue going with just enough pauses to give you the sound of the game, he’s conversant in modern aspects of baseball, and he’s juggling responding to fan questions on Twitter, calling the game, and giving additional context to the game.

        And his voice doesn’t sound like a cement mixer running without enough moisture in the concrete...

  4. So would you pay $40 a month to get a regional sports network to watch the Twins (in addition to what ever you pay for HULU, YouTube TV, etc)? Looks like that is where we are headed. Or hey, you can gamble $100 a month and get it free.

    https://www.startribune.com/hoping-to-watch-fsn-on-hulu-or-youtube-tv-the-future-looks-bleak/600028897/

    I just don't see a whole lot of people doing this and basically is going to be unavailable to those unwilling to go back to cable and Xfinity. It seems weird that baseball doesn't have a lot of leverage in this situation. They are going to lose a lot of eyeballs watching their games. Maybe a year or two of minimal people paying for an additional site will change minds. Also it's sad. Not sure what I'm going to do, I guess I won't be seeing a whole lot of Twins games this year.

    The podcast looks really interesting too and apparently goes into more detail. I will definitely check it out.

    1. Personally, I have not watched a single Wild game this season, even though they are my #2 team behind the Twins. Currently, I am at work until between 7 and 9 pm at least 5 days a week and when I get home, the wife and I watch whatever Netflix show we are on before bedtime. I don't think that will change much with the Twins. I will listed to them in my truck, or on my lawnmower. My charter plan at work still includes the regional sports network, so I may watch a game here and there at the joint (heads up to Nibbish if you want to meet up to watch some games). I could see subscribing at home the last few months of season if the Twins are on a tear.

      1. I much prefer to listen to the Twins than watch them. I have too much going on to give my undivided attention for 3hrs, so if I only see a handful of games a season, I'm good. But don't take away my streaming audio

        1. I've considered getting an MLB streaming or TV package in the past, but I'm in the same boat time-wise; there's just no chance I have the time to watch that many games. When the Twins play the Angels (or occasionally the Dodgers), I used to make sure to watch those games, but now with the kids, I don't really even have time for that. We've now dropped down our satellite package so we don't get the local regional sports network, so I don't even have a way to watch that small number of games.

          I miss watching games regularly like I used to, but I don't miss it enough to rearrange other things to make it work.

    2. If Rob Manfred gave an actual $h!+ about MLB’s long-term health, he’d be taking on Sinclair & Rogers with the same brinksmanship he reserves for MLBPA. MLB.TV blackout rules that leave regions like Iowa (six “home market” franchises are blacked out), Las Vegas (also six), or ALL of Canada (no Blue Jays games for the entire country...) without live televised baseball on TV are far more detrimental to the game’s growth or even its stability than an expanded postseason, length of game, or lack of balls-in-play, let alone fair wages for minor leaguers or elimination of service time manipulation.

      Manfred is an absolute Turd Midas of a commissioner. And that’s something, considering the guy he succeeded in that position.

      1. If Rob Manfred gave an actual $h!+ about MLB’s long-term health, he’d be taking on Sinclair & Rogers with the same brinksmanship he reserves for MLBPA. MLB.TV blackout rules.... without live televised baseball on TV are far more detrimental to the game’s growth or even its stability than an expanded postseason, length of game, or lack of balls-in-play, let alone fair wages for minor leaguers or elimination of service time manipulation.

        I tried to make this point above but you stated it so much better.

        1. How many of us have kids that are bigger baseball game than they were at the same age?

          I can't get my kids to go to a ballgame. My son would rather watch someone play video games on YouTube.

          I don't think baseball is dying but it has peaked (in the US).

          1. When I was 10, my mom and I had partial season tickets to the Twins. Unfortunately we moved to St. Louis the year after. My son is the only one of my 6 that have been to a ball game, and that was when he was a year old and free to sit on our laps. It was a miserable experience that was only assuaged by a snow cone that lasted several innings. We've gone to minor league games, but the kids are more interested in the jump-jumps than the game itself.

    3. $40 a month? Ha. Not happening.

      DirectTV/AT&T burned its bridges with me, and I'll never go back. There's one other potential option, but it's looking more and more like it'll be Twins/Wild on the radio for the foreseeable future. Alas.

  5. Was feeling under the weather last night, so I just wanted to veg in front of the TV for a while, so I turned on School of Rock. I can't believe it's been 18 years since that came out. I wouldn't be surprised if some of those kids have kids of their own that are the same age as they were in the movie.

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