September 21, 2023: Now We Play The Waiting Game

First, I think it would be funny if the Twins clinch on an off day. Second though, I'd kind of prefer it. With the playoff field so wide now, it feels silly to me to have the champagne showers in the locker room just for making the playoffs, even when the Dodgers did it in very convincing fashion recently. I'd rather the Twins save it for when they win a series (or hell, even just a game).

27 thoughts on “September 21, 2023: Now We Play The Waiting Game”

  1. so, as I mentioned I've got ticket to the game on Sunday. Looks like a decent chance of rain. I've never been rained out of a game before.. How does this work? If the game is delayed until 7 pm, am I out of luck unless I wait six hours to attend or could I still get a raincheck? And if so, would I have to use it in the A's series next week or could I roll it over until next year?

    1. also, I really hope the weather is okay if I do go. Sunday getaway day when the team is beat up and the game is meaningless already... Already annoyed I don't get to see Shohei or Royce.

      1. With it being the last game against the Angels, you'll likely get a voucher to attend one of the A's games instead.

        What is more likely is that they wait as long as possible to force the game in through miserable conditions.

  2. You know how it's important to let kids mistakes and learn from them? I am currently attempting to trust in this process. The jalapeno has been on the traveling basketball team at his school for three years now, and he loves the sport but for a variety of reasons didn't spend much time playing out in the driveway (or anywhere else) this summer. He went to a pre-tryout practice early last week, which went well, then got Covid and had to miss the second practice and the tryout. As he was recovering, I gently brought up the idea of practicing a bit out in the driveway. He assured me that the earlier practice had gone great and he didn't feel the need to do anything more at home. And as a 13-year-old, I think he can make a decision like that on his own.

    Fast forward to last night when his make-up tryout didn't go well. There were so many kids who tried out that there are two traveling teams; he wanted to be on the team playing the harder level at tournaments but ended up on the other team. It was heartbreaking to hear him crying and crying after getting the results.

    In the grand scheme of things, I think he handed the disappointment fairly well--crying, after all, is a good emotional outlet. He talked some with Mr. NaCl and he ended up watching YouTube and being on his phone an hour longer than our limit on school nights, but that didn't seem worth a battle. Hopefully this will all ultimately work out okay--perhaps it will even give him the chance to have more of a leadership role within the team.

    I don't really care if he plays a given sport or whether he's good at it, but I do hope that he starts to see that if there's something he really wants, he may need to do things a bit differently next time around. The parenting thing is hard, y'all.

    1. Last Saturday night, my son had a cross country meet and ran at 9:30 at night. The parents had a spread of food set up for AFTER the race. My son decided he'd eat BEFORE he ran. His first two miles were good but he crashed in the third mile since he felt like he was going to puke.

      I guess what I'm trying to say is sometimes things don't change much from 13 to 17. Some kids learn lessons the hard way because they feel they are invincible. I don't think there's much a parent can do other than support them after it happens. And know that they've now learned the lesson.

      1. Some kids people learn lessons the hard way because they feel they are invincible.

        I’m grateful for the outlet this place offers to the parents in the house. These realities are coming my way soon (7th grade & 3rd graders) and the lessons you learn and share here are invaluable.

      2. My personal opinion, as an empty nester who was a 3 sport athlete and raised two 3 sport athletes:

        Genetics are a big factor in how far a child will develop in relation to their peers. How far a child will develop in relation to their own potential? Biggest factor is "passion". Do they truly love the sport? If so, do they have an outlet for that passion? The best hockey players in our area are the ones who went out on the pond and skated for fun during their spare time. The best baseball players were always playing catch, or wiffle ball, etc during their spare time. The best football players were in the back yard playing football with the neighborhood kids.

        I grew up in a neighborhood in which myself and my 4 brothers were always outside playing football, baseball, or basketball. Every day. Our friend group ended up being the back bone of my hometown high school sports squads for about an 8 year span. My own kids were more involved in organized sports and they never really got to play pick up football, baseball, hockey, etc. My one regret is that I did not foster an environment in which neighborhood kids could get together and play for FUN.

        1. that sounds about can be hard when you hit puberty and realize that your genetics are not friendly to being a sports superstar....not that hard work couldn't help you make the high school team, but it can be disheartening, especially if you were really good at age 11

          I loved baseball, but I didn't love it enough to play it all year round or hit the gym. I think part of that was my experience in Babe Ruth ball with the macho bullshit and joyless coaches...didn't really want to fit in with those people. So...I joined debate, which game with it's own types of jerks, but I enjoyed it a lot.

        2. My one regret is that I did not foster an environment in which neighborhood kids could get together and play for FUN.

          A lot of this also depends on the neighborhood. I played with various kids in the neighborhoods because there were multiple families with kids close to our age. That's less true for my kids. Other kids are either too old or too young. There are some around the right age but idiotic suburban planning means it's a very long walk or have to cut through other yards with owners that do not like that.

          1. Definitely. It is a different world out there than the one I grew up in. I was blessed to have an old, abandoned ball field 2 blocks from our house. We all pitched in to keep it mowed and looking good for our pick up games. My family also had an old abandoned barn that we turned into a basketball court. We were spoiled rotten in that regard. We were on food stamps for a while, yet every kid in town wanted to hang out with us.

            1. I've got a decent sized backyard and an 8 year old who is such a golf fanatic that he's converted two of the neighbor kids.

              My yard will be full of divots, but it'll also be full of kids playing. A good trade, in my opinion.

    2. That is rough! At least one of our three gets in a "I can do anything well because I think I can do anything well" state at times, and it is frustrating. There are many ways to build a work/practice ethic, and I also frequently feel short of the task of parenting when it comes to this topic. I figure if they really want it, they'll go for it. Yet I don't see it ever happen…or it's never enough in my opinion. Yet they some to have some success in areas of interest, so isn't it all good?

      Parenting is letting go in so many ways, eh?

    3. this is tough. Can go anywhere on the spectrum from "I'll show them!" to "fuck it, I hate sports."

      And there's no easy answer on how to help them through it.

  3. Correa has been dealing with plantar fasciitis since May...

    I think I only learned about Correa's foot problems a month or so ago, and there was no mention then of it dating as far back as May that I recall. But I certainly suspected it.

    1. I did not remember Dobnak only started 21 games over parts of three seasons. His extension seemed prudent but probably unnecessary … in hindsight (obviously), I’d say it was a bit desperate.

  4. I didn’t answer before, but upon reading this* and looking at the AL West standings, I’m pulling for the Twins to beat out the Mariners and both Texas teams for a bye into the Divisional round.

    *The top two division winners in each league will receive byes to the Division Series. The other four teams in each league will play best-of-three series in the Wild Card round, with the higher seed hosting all three games. Texas holds the tiebreaker over Seattle for the third AL Wild Card.

    1. It will be tough to catch up to Houston's four win advantage in the overall standings. The Twins have the tiebreak advantage over both Texas teams but that's going to require the Twins to nearly sweep the three worst teams of the West divisions.

      Meanwhile, Cleveland beat Baltimore to stay alive one more day. Detroit is up 2-0 over Oakland.

      1. Do-Hyoung Park broke down the #2 seed earlier (small thread):

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