I've not really been a huge Parquet Courts fan until this year. Wide Awake changed all that. Every song is just so... Energetic (and danceable, which Newbish appreciates).
Let's see if we need a game seven Shall we?
The Brewers seem insistent.
I believe that this is the end for Joe Mauer's time as a major league ball player.
Sad news. Eduardo Escobar isn't leading the majors in doubles anymore.
Also, the Twins COULD still finish the season at .500. They'll have to win all eleven games, but it could happen.
They've started an opener today, Gabriel Moya, with Gonsalves coming later. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about the opener idea, but it's here, and we've been sort of "meh" at it so far.
And now Grossman scores! 1-0 Twins. Let's keep that going.
Joe got a double! (that's good)
Everybody else got out without even getting him to third (that's bad)
Ian Kennedy is pitching for the Royals (that's good)
Chase....de Jong is pitching for the Twins (your guess is as good as mine)
I've been severely derelict in my game log creation lately
No reason to step it up just yet.
Berrios on the mound, through a solid inning already.
No announcements (sorry!)
Newbish is three now. All through the terrible twos, people told us that three would be worse. Credit where it's due, these people were correct. Newbish is generally a delightful kid - courteous, caring and very, very smart. He's also strong willed as hell, and while I generally find that to be a positive (I'd rather he stand up for what he thinks than to simply follow along and do what he's told), it would be really, really nice if he would occasionally just LISTEN.
Voice raising does nothing, and positive reinforcement hasn't been particularly successful. Right now, the only way we can get him to stop in his tracks and pay attention to what we're saying is to threaten to take away something he cares a great deal about (his favorite toy or his favorite blanket usually do the trick). Otherwise, he's basically a terminator - can't be bargained with, can't be reasoned with, and doesn't know pain or fear. Now, I love threatening my kid as much as the next guy, but I have to wonder if there might be a better way to accomplish this.
Every kid is obviously different, and any advice you give might end up not working, but I'd love to hear any tips or tricks you folks have used in the past to get your little ones to pay attention to the words that are coming out of your mouth for 5 seconds.
(The title is obviously a quote. If we're able to break through for a second, he's usually able to realize that he's not listening......that realization is usually fleeting)
It's Stewart, take two! Last time didn't go SO bad, so let's try it again.
Is this thing on?
Well, back to the business of winning baseball games, i guess. It's not like Ernie de la Trinidad is going to gey promoted now and make things watchable.
A while back, i said that if Sano, Buxton, and Dozier didnt heat up, we were done for. Well, Dozier's on a differemt team, and it's looking increasingly likely that we won't be seeing Buxton until next April, so what now?
Well, first off, Belisle* needs to be gone. This plan doesn't even need a step two. Call up Chris Gimenez. See if he's willing to leave the Cubs in order to get the opportunity he's always wanted: pitching relief for a mediocre ball club.
Or, you know, get a look at what you're working with next year......unless what you're working with next year is Belisle*...
* Feel free to subsritute "Bobby Wilson" here. The best part is, the plan and target player wouldn't need to change at all!