Some days, you come home late from work, tired and cranky and annoyed to realize that you've missed the first few innings of the Twins-White Sox game. And you decide that you don't even mind, because after a long, stressful day at the office, the last thing you need is the stomach-clenching worry that is the first two innings of any Brad "Rad or Bad?" Radke start. And then you see Radke give up two runs on two homers in the 4th and 5th innings, mutter a few unprintable words under your breath, and consider turning the radio off and doing something more relaxing than following the big game. Like origami. Or margaritas.
But then Michael "Swiffer" Cuddyer hits a two-run homer in the 6th -- off a right-hander, no less. And in the next at-bat, Justin "Bam-Bam" Morneau bangs out a solo shot of his own. And in the 7th, Joe "Overachiever" Mauer shows off with a three-run homer. (Mauer also sacs in a run in the 9th, but that's not particularly dramatic). And before you know it, you've cast off all your worries and are basking in the glow of a Twins victory. Who knew that the long ball was so therapeutic?