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Posted at 10:08 AM on August 22, 2005 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

The Twinkies take 3 out of 4 from Seattle, the Yankees take 2 out of 3 from the ChiSox, Cleveland sweeps Baltimore, and somehow Kansas City ends their streak with 2 straight wins against Oakland. So now we're 10 1/2 out of the division, 2 games behind Cleveland, but only 2 1/2 games out of the wild card. 38 games to go.

Also, the Twins claimed Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano off waivers. At this point, it's just a strategic move to block a trade to another contending team, and called "nothing more than fodder for columnists and talk-radio hosts." Sounds perfect for a blog! Thoughts, anyone?

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Are they booing him?

Posted at 2:22 PM on August 22, 2005 by Ben Tesch (5 Comments)

Interesting tidbits I have learned about the Twins now-regular center fielder Lew Ford:

  1. Lew has hit 7 home runs this season so far. 6 of them have been 3-run homers.
  2. Apparently plays a mean game of Magic: The Gathering, a popular fantasy roleplaying/collectible card game. Word is that he plays until the wee hours of the night, and often meets up with groups of gameplayers all over the country on road trips. (I'm guessing his salary allows him to buy some decent cards.)

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Forget the asterisk....

Posted at 9:36 PM on August 22, 2005 by David Zingler (1 Comments)

The Rafael Palmeiro steriod outing did more than leave me with egg on my face (after, all itís all about me), it marked the ever-imminent return of the asterisk cries. I however, say forget the asterisk, itís gone the way of the scheduled double header and the World Series day game. If you have no idea what I am talking about, just contact Mr. Collins, Iím sure he remembers.

Anyway, I am here (itís about me, remember) to offer a more 21st Century, Microsoft Word solution to the now steroid tainted record book. I say we list the legit marks in a bold, large font and put the names of the chemical hulks in a smaller font minus the bold. Thus, the record book would look something like this:

All time Homerun Leaders
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714

Barry Bonds 703
Willie Mays 660
Sammy Sosa 588
Frank Robinson 586
Mark McGwire 583
Harmon Killebrew 573
Rafael Palmeiro 569
Reggie Jackson 563

Now, not only are the frauds completely recognizable, but the irony of the shrunken names is delicious. Ford Frick is spinning faster than a rotisserie chicken in his grave right now.

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