Posted at 4:21 PM on April 25, 2005
by Josh Lee
Brad Radke just can't get any love from his fellow Twins. He finally got a little run support from his batters today in a day game against Detroit, one of two makeups for a snowed-out weekend. But then, after pitching his typical one bad inning and 5 1/3 strong, he gave way to the bullpen, a bullpen that this season has been for the most part lights out. Except for today, when they blew Radke's (admittedly tenuous) lead en route to a 6-4 loss to the Tigers.
In general, I like listening to games on the radio. It's cheaper than cable, and the only thing cooler than seeing a home run is hearing the bat crack just so, and saying to yourself, "that one's a goner." There are some things, however, that you just can't get a feel for over the radio. Like fights. Apparently, J.C. Romero and Ivan "Pudge/Twiggy/I-Rod" Rodriguez got into a bit of a tiff (not to be confused with a Tiffee) in the 8th inning, a few plays after Romero had intentionally walked Rodriguez. Apparently, no real harm was done, but there were harsh words and people holding players back, and other people running in and out of the dugout. I'm still not clear on what exactly happened. Gordo and Danny need to work on calling punches as well as pitches.
Finally: happy birthday, Jacque! Hope we can keep you after this season, especially if you keep getting on base the way you have been.
A great forum for a great game. Thanks for the arena. I'm with you on listening to a game while engaged in other activities, but the subtleties of watching Rivas talk to himself or Cuddyer's bafflingly feeble attempts at the plate (thus far) provide great visual entertainment as well. I'm also more apt to keep a scorecard while watching a game than when listening. Last year's Twins Cable Network debacle forced me to reschedule the washing of dishes for around 7:05p most nights by the kitchen radio. No there's a meditative state: performing a repetitive task while listening to our beloved domers play "smart" ball.