I've been going at this all wrong.
All this time, I thought the Twins hated me, a loyal fan. Lately, though, I've been seeing things differently.
* Crisp fall afternoons are great times for walks and the like, so the Twins made sure that their fans were able to go about their business without having to worry about pesky pennant chases, like that attention starved team from Cleveland.
* The Rays selfishly play an 18 inning game, just so that their playoff hopes remain alive, giving their fans insomnia. The Twins know that their fans' sleep is important, so when they start a game late, they make sure they lose quickly, so as to give their fans a chance at an earlier bedtime.
* Weekend afternoons are to be savored, so when the A's send a perfectly serviceable pitcher like Jarrod Parker to the mound, the Twins send Pedro Hernandez, so you know you probably don't even have to start watching. "You've had a long week", the Twins says, "why don't you go play some video games? I'll be fine." Don't mind if I do, Twins... don't mind if I do.
The Twins really do love us, and they're proving it by letting us go.
Oh, good, Pedro Hernandez is back and he's on the hill today! Amazingly, he's by far the more successful this year of today's two pitchers, as Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.40) should help to make this a high-scoring affair.
It seems like there's very little to say about a team hovering just under .500. It's not bad enough for mockery and they're not good enough that it's reasonable to talk about the playoffs. So, we wait for the young kids to turn this thing around, and wonder what kind of pitching the Twins will get in return for guys like Willingham and Morneau. I've never been the rosterbating type, so I'll leave that to everyone else.
Mauer's currently holding off a run from Wieters for the All-Star Game starting spot. This is in no way a reasonable thing, so I'm considering voting for the first time in several years. But, I'll probably blow it off in the end.
This appears to be the MLB.tv free game of the day.
After a few annoying games in a row, the Twins are three games under .500 but only five games out of first in a predictably mediocre (but surprisingly well-balanced, through a quarter of the season) division. John Lackey, who still looks like trailer trash to me despite years of proof that he's a reasonably decent major league starter, faces Pedro Hernandez, who looks more like a major league starter, but often proves otherwise. Oh well.
Wilkin Ramirez starts today as Willingham sits, and Carroll leads off again. The Twins season has probably hit its zenith and won't be going back, but I'm cool with a quarter-season-long mirage while I wait for the big boys to hit the major league club in the next couple of years.
I used to love to hate the White Sox, but that fiery passion has cooled considerably in the past few years. Now I just like to dislike them. For this I blame Ozzie Guillen, who somehow against all odds and expectations brought a new level of civility and respect to the formerly fierce and nasty rivalry. I blame Ozzie because this is America, and we all know that in America the way a person feels about anything can never, ever, ever be blamed on the person doing the feeling; it must be either God's will or somebody else's fault. Ozzie's outspoken admiration for the Twins' brand of baseball during his Chicago tenure cowed the South Side trash talkers, and for that I don't think I can ever forgive him.
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So, the Twins are 3-2? I can't believe how foreign that feels, even this "late" in the season. Today, something called Pedro Hernandez, making his second career start (he gave up eight earned runs in four innings for the Hosers last year), will try to keep that going.
Jason Hammel goes for the Orioles, who strikes out his share and walks a few more than average. Last year looks to me like the best year of his career thus far, as he's nothing real special, but unspecial Orioles pitchers have a way of...well, you know.
Meanwhile, last night Tyler Robertson was sent to the minors while it appears that Swarzak is coming back to Minnesota, so get your nicknames ready, won't you?