Posted at 11:23 PM on August 9, 2006
by Josh Lee
"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"
"What's wrong, Chicken Little?"
"Liriano is on the DL, and Garza can't replace him because he's already pitching in Smith/Boof/Baker's slot, and we're running out of totally awesome prospects to call up, and the bullpen's getting really tired, and, and --"
"Chick, you're hyperventilating. Take a deep breath, and get to the point."
"Our starting rotation is in shmbles!"
"Now Chicken Little, don't you think you're blowing things just a little out of proportion?"
"But we're going to have to try Scott or Boof again, and their egos are already shot! Or maybe start Neshek, or Guerrier, or call Bert out of retirement, or --"
"Easy now, Chickles. There's more to a baseball team than the back end of the rotation. You should try to be more like Bradke and Santana. You don't see them freaking out and running around like chickens with their heads cut off --"
"Sorry. But it's not all about hot-shot rookies, you know. Sometimes you just have to follow your veterans' leads. Like last night, when the team rode a stone-cold Bradke performance to a win over the Tigers. Or tonight, when Santana racked up 10 strikeouts while giving up only four hits."
"Well, they are pretty great. But they'll never be enough to carry the team past the Sox, or the other Sox."
"The pitching staff don't have to do it all on their own, you know. Every night, it seems like a different player steps up to the plate and finds a way to put the Twins ahead, whether it's Luis Castillo going 4-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases, or Joe Mauer riding a nine-game hitting streak. And then there's Justin Morneau, who tonight became the first Minnesota player since 1987 to hit 30 homers and 100 RBI in a season. The Twins aren't totally built around pitching and defense anymore; now they've got real bats to boot."
"Wow, maybe the Twins aren't out of it yet. Do you really think they'll make the playoffs?"
"I don't know if they will, Chicken Little, but if they can pull out a series win like this over the league leaders, I really have to believe that they can."
for whatever reason that word struck a chord in my funny. thanks for the pick up.