If the Twins had somehow lost this one, I was seriously considering whipping up a Downfall parody video in which ol' Adolph would have cursed the days of birth of Alexi Casilla, Steve Liddle, and whichever pitcher ended up coughing up the lead. Thankfully I can save that one in the DK Box of Tricks for some later date.
Things are starting to look up (he says, hopefully). First series win of the season; first series sweep (basically) of the season. The offense is starting to pick up; Thome made contact today that sounded like it deserved eight total bases, but only got three. Meanwhile, Pavano keeps on Pavanoing. Next stop: .500 (he says, again, hopefully).
Hitter of the Week: Jason Kubel
Pitcher of the Week: You think, when a guy gives up zero runs, only one walk, and strikes out nine, I'm going to give it to anyone else? It's again yours, Scott Baker.
Starting Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 4.85 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) vs. Carl Pavano (1-2, 5.47, 1.22).
Saturday's outburst was great, but it's about time for the Twins to win a series and no better time to do it than against the team in first place. The aged Twins need to give the upstart Indians their comeuppance.
The Twins are now 4-0 in Brian Duensing's starts an 4-12 the other days. That trend needs to be remedied (not the Duensing part, of course).
It also would be nice to finally get a three-game win streak and ensure the White Sox are in last place for at least one more day. Go Twins!!!!1111!!!
A sweet little side dish recipe to go with your Easter dinner today.
One of my oldest and bestest friends from Spamtown is a first-generation American of Greek heritage (or, actually, generation 1.5; his dad immigrated around the time of the Greek civil war; his mom was native-born) . His family founded the legendary George's Pizza.
Mmmm, greasy pizza cut into little squares. Heaven on earth. And Uncle Dino's Gondola truly was the "Noblest Sandwich of Them All."
One of my treasured possessions is a wedding gift from George and Ethel T (you are both missed), Popular Greek Recipes, published by The Ladies of the Philoptochos Society, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Charleston SC. I've used this cookbook a lot over the years. It is my go-to recipe place for satziki, avgolemono soup, mousaka, pastichio, and today's recipe, fasoulakia yiahni, string beans in tomato sauce.
Bob Ewing (1873)
Howard Ehmke (1894)
Harry Harper (1895) Andy Cooper (1896) Ed Musial (1922)
Frank Lucchesi (1927)
Lou DiMuro (1931)
Terry Tata (1940)
Ivan Murrell (1943) Bill Singer (1944) Pat Zachry (1952) Bill Krueger (1958) Mike Blowers (1965)
Omar Vizquel (1967) Todd Jones (1968) Chipper Jones (1972) John Barnes (1976) Carlos Beltran (1977) Miss SBG (2007)
The brother of Stan Musial, Ed Musial played in the minors in 1941 and from 1946-1950.
This is also the birthday of Twins' farmhand Adrian Salcedo (1991).
MINNEAPOLIS -- A freak incident occurred at Target Field on Saturday afternoon. Something happened that no one could remember happening before.
A second digit went up under the "runs" header on the scoreboard.
"I didn't know it could do that," said John Henry "Fred" Johnson, the ballpark's head of scoreboard operations.
The incident occurred after the Minnesota Twins' Danny Valencia hit a ball over the fence and into the upper deck, scattering several stunned patrons. Many fans in the ballpark were unsure of what just happened and assumed it had been a mistake. In fact, Valencia just jogged around the bases and headed back to home. Some believed Valencia was just going back to the plate to continue his at-bat as a sort of "do-over."
However, Valencia only touched home plate and continued back to the dugout. The confusion may have led to the incident, as the second digit went up on the scoreboard after Valencia touched home.
"We were scrambling, trying to figure out what went wrong," Johnson said, "but the official scorekeeper told us to leave it alone. So, we did."
The Indians didn't seem to notice, as they didn't make any complaints and the inning continued. The Twins appeared to enjoy it as they seemed downright giddy in the dugout.
Valencia refused to apologize afterward.
"I'm going to do that every chance I get," he said. "We need to see that second digit again."
So that road trip to open up the season was pretty fun, right guys?
I mentioned this elsewhere, but the AL Central standings are exactly the opposite of what I expected them to be. I don't expect this to continue.
Cleveland's over-performing right now. Their batters certainly are - Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting home runs at a pace of one every twenty at bats after hitting one about every 80 at bats through his MLB career and one every 60 in his minor league career, I would guess that would settle down a bit. Their pitchers are over performing, too. The team's getting lucky, and it's time for the Twins to change that.
Although I had another post in mind for the second Collectibles Spotlight, this one prempted. My LCS (that's "Local Card Shop" in baseball card blogger parlance) got in some of this year's Topps team sets, and besides all the Cardinals sets he picked up a Twins set for me as well.