Posted at 1:50 PM on May 25, 2005
by Bob Collins
Up until last night, I had no idea that Shannon Stewart had such a weak arm. OK, I knew he didn't have a great arm, perhaps not even a good arm. But last night he had an embarrasing arm.
It was when the Indians pushed across a run in the 8th to tie the game. Aaron Boone (Lord almighty, what pictures does Aaron Boone have that keeps him employed?) at second. Travis Hafner hit a rope that bounced directly in front of Shannon playing an average -- and I'm talking position on the field here -- leftfield.
There were two outs and Boone would've been running on the play but there is still no way that an average runner would score on the play unless the fielder had a significantly below average arm.
The throw, of course, was up the line, bounced and hit Boone in the back. Tie game.
We have been informed by Twins announcer John Gordon that there is now a new way to pronounce Justin Morneau's name. It is now pronounce MORE-no (as in, I've got enough yesses, not give me some "no") rather than More-KNOW.
For the moment, I'll ignore the oddity of getting correct use of inflection from the most over-affected announcer in baseball.
Yeah---I know what you mean. That's my only complaint about Shannon---his arm. I really like SS----he is the guy you want at the plate when we need a hit or a sac fly. However, when we need to make a play at the plate, lets hope they hit it to Hunter or Jones.