Posted at 12:43 AM on June 8, 2005
by Josh Lee
Interleague play at a National League ballpark is always kind of a mixed bag: on the one hand, you get to enjoy matchups that you'd normally never see, often in exotic cities like Phoenix and Milwaukee. On the other hand, you have to watch two unacquainted teams stumble around as if it were spring training as they try to figure each other out with little more than a scouting report to go on, while the managers empty their benches in an orgy of double-switches. That's pretty much what happened last night, as the Twins and Diamondbacks small-balled, long-balled, missed tags (well, the D-Backs did), and played a highly entertaining, all-around mess of a game, with the Twins eventually pulling a 9-8 win out of thin air.
NL rules also conspired to deny fans the full catharsis of a "Bad + Rad = Brad" Radke performance. As he has so often done in the past, he gave up a pile of runs in the 1st inning, and was automatic from the 2nd on. But his time around, he only got to stay in for five innings, as a budding Twins rally in the 6th brought rookie Glenn Williams to the plate as a pinch hitter. At least Radke got to make the most of a rare batting "opportunity" by laying down a nice sacrifice bunt that led to a run.
Oh, and Torii "Let's Just Forget April and May Ever Happened, Shall We?" Hunter had another gonzo outing, hitting a single, a double, and two homers, quieting at least for a little while the grumblings of fans who dare to speak of trading him.
Posted at 10:40 AM on June 8, 2005
by Ben Tesch
In the 5th round, Cleveland selected Minnesota-Mankato reliever Kevin Dixon. His description: "Large frame. Similar to fomer ML Gregg Olson. Confident, hard-throwing RHP who challenges hitters. Excellent slider & change-up. Sound, proper delivery and arm action. Size, arm, mechanics for ML value. Features three solid pitches."
In the 12th round, Cleveland selected University of Minnesota shortstop Matt Fornasiere. His description: "Mature, filled out frame. Similar to Rich Aurilia in body proportion. Consistent approach at plate. Good at-bats, makes contact. Has arm and instincts for all INF spots. Will drive ball w/ more of a pro-style swing."
In the 16th round, the Chicago Cubs drafted U of M reliever Jon Mueller. This season, Mueller was 0-1 with a 2.86 ERA, and 26 strikeouts in 28.1 innings pitched, stranding 17 of the 23 inherited runners he faced this season.
Also in the 16th round, St. Louis selected Cologne, Minnesota native Matthew Lane, who is attending University of Louisiana at Monroe.
In the 18th round, Arizona selected U of M catcher Jake Elder. Elder led the team in on-base percentage at .417, was second in slugging percentage at .492, second in RBI (43), third in home runs and third in doubles (13). Elder was also part of a senior class that graduated having won three straight Big Ten regular season titles in 2002-2004.
Posted at 12:32 PM on June 8, 2005
by David Zingler
You can say what you want about FOX News, and I have, but I came across an interesting article on FOXsports.com in which writer Kevin Hench puts together what he believes is the "Worst Lineup of all time." To my surprise, it wasn't the one the Angels ran out in 1999 when Eric Milton hurled his no-hitter.
Posted at 12:40 PM on June 8, 2005
by Bob Collins
During the storms last night, my satellite receiver upstairs fried, so I headed down to the basement where, alas, a second receiver sits on standby, plugged to the TV, waiting to be used. As luck would have it, there was nothing on late last night except for the Indians-Padres game.
I watched it for awhile, it being one of the classic rivalries and all. To pass the time while watching the two teams battle through 11 innings of scoreless baseball, I tried to come up with new ways to describe "inept."
Then I noticed it. The jerk in the front rows, behind the plate, talking on the cellphone, and waving. These folks have become the 21st Century verson of the folks who used to wave the John 3:16 sign. But I liked them better.
Who's on the other end of the phone? Do they really care that this guy is on TV? They're on the phone for a long time. After the first, "heyyyyy, I'm on TV....hiiiiiiiii! Can you see me??????? heyyyyyyy!" then what else is there to say? And why do they say it.
So just for the heck of it, I fired up Google and entered "people who talk on cellphones during baseball games." As you might expect, there was a truckload of material.
SportsHistory.US provides an answer. Here's the play by play of getting on TV. Notice the irony when the writer calls other people who talk on cellphones at ballgames "jackasses." Delicious.
The writer in the San Franscisco Chronicle looks at it from a somewhat different perspective. A woman goes hunting for companionship at a ballgame.
Noumenalself.com wonders "what's wrong with talking on the cellphone?" And gets answers.
Read Darwin, whoever he is, writes and says almost word-for-word what I wrote at the top of this page. But I thought of it first. Really.
In a poll on ESPN, the practice makes the top 10 most irritating thing about sports. At #1!!!
Mike Cassidy, writing in the San Jose Mercury News says "the latest phone chucking came at Wrigley Field, where drunken Cubs fans have grown tired of tossing home run balls back onto the field. In the eighth inning Thursday, some imbecile winged a cell phone instead and hit San Diego Padre Sean Burroughs in the foot."
Wish they'd take aim at Aaron Boone.