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Excuse me, do you know the way to Kansas City?

Posted at 11:15 AM on April 29, 2005 by Ben Tesch

The Twins leave the Fountain City with a sweep, albeit after some interesting games. Aside from Corky's sombrero, yesterday's game had Lew Ford bunting a ball off his face, and the Royals getting hits off the Twins' two best relievers to tie it in the 8th and 9th innings. The best part for Twins pundits was the situation in the top of the 10th: Morneau singles, and Hunter walks putting Morneau on second. The hapless Luis Rivas gets put in to pinch run... and gets picked off! At second! From the catcher!

Lew Freak

Posted at 1:25 PM on April 29, 2005 by Bob Collins

Lew Ford has had a really good week, winning a couple of ballgames with a timely hit or otherwise making himself a big cog in the machine. Lew really shouldn't be doing it. Players just don't come along, have a big rookie (or almost rookie) season at 28, and then repeat it at 29. Most of those guys are gone by the time they're 30, and live on only in Walt Disney movies.

But, for now, he's doing it and as long as you can keep yourself from thinking of him as a fixture on the Twins for years to come, then enjoyment will surely follow.

Baseball-reference.com lists the players who are most like Lew. Unless you're a grizzled follower of the 1890s, you probably won't recognize anyone.

If you're a grizzled follower of the 1970s, you may recognize Merv Rettenmund, who posted a pretty good career for the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels.

But the site says the player most like Lew, is Charlie Abbey of the Washington Senators. Check out the numbers. Lew really is the second coming of Charlie Abbey.

I checked out Charlie's pedigree. He seems to have been best known for being one of several pairs of players who hit back-to-back inside-the-park homeruns; something that wasn't that hard to do until they put fences in. (Trivia time: the last time this was done was 1977 with Toby Harrah and Bump Wills. It was the first time it happened since 1949).

The Lords of the Manor of Anaheim.

Posted at 2:52 PM on April 29, 2005 by Josh Lee

I'll admit it: I'm not the most dedicated baseball fan. Things get in the way during the winter, and I don't follow offseason news as well as I should. So it wasn't until I looked at the box scores after Opening Day and had to figure out what "LAA" stood for that I discovered that the Anaheim Angels had moved down the road to Los Angeles. Except that they hadn't moved at all, they had simply renamed themselves in order to seem -- I don't know what. Less suburban? Less Disneyfied? All I know is that I giggle every time I hear someone say "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim." Is that mean?

Never mind the fact that "Los Angeles Angels" is kind of redundant; how do you say this team's name in Spanish? "Los Ángeles de Los Angeles?" (Yes, I know, they're actually just "Los Angels de Los Angeles." I'm just saying.) It's retaining the "of Anaheim" on the end that makes the name truly absurd. It makes it sound like they're trying to claim nobility, as if Anaheim were a feudal estate. I wonder if we should start referring to the team's manager as "Sir Michael Scioscia, Lord of the Manor of Anaheim and Peer of the Realm of Southern California."

At any rate, the Twin City Twins of Minnesota will be hosting the Lords of the Manor of Anaheim tonight, a team that has overcome its tragic and unwieldy name to snag an early lead in the AL West. I'll be over here, trying to keep a straight face.

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