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Posted at 12:29 PM on July 5, 2007 by Chris Dall

There's just over 4 hours left to vote for the last two members of the All-Star Game. Pat Neshek's trying his hardest, but Boston's Hideki Okajima holds a slim lead over Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman, with Neshek in third. Doing his part to help is Newsday's Jim Baumbach, who wrote a nice article about Pat in today's paper. Over in the National League, Padres starting pitcher Chris Young is leading in the voting.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has put out a list of the top 9 position players approaching free agency, and Torii Hunter makes the list at #3. Do you think Carl Pohlad's going to shell out $75 million for 5 years?

Since his last loss on June 9, Johan Santana is 4-0 with a 1.54 ERA, and opponents are batting .184 against him. Midday host and noted baseball authority Gary Eichten predicts that Johan won't lose another game this year (and if he does lose, it will be 1-0 type affair), and will go on to win his third Cy Young Award.

With the Twins victory yesterday and Cleveland's loss, the Twins are 7.5 games back. MPR's Bob Collins says that despite the Tribe's great first half, he's got concerns about the bullpen, specifically closer Joe Borowski. Good point. I can't imagine any fan would feel too confident with a closer who has a 4.31 ERA.

And the Twins are currently down 5-2 to the Yankees.

Corrected on 7/5/2007 at 1:37pm.

Let's party like it's 1982??

Posted at 2:18 PM on July 5, 2007 by David Zingler

I spent a portion of my long holiday weekend in Wisconsin. I am not proud of it, it is just a fact. While there, I had a chance to discuss the state of the local major league team with a few die hard fans.

The 2007 Brewers remind me of the 2002-04 versions of the Twins. Although the Brewers are offensive minded and the Twins teams of that era focused on “pitching and defense”, both play in a mediocre Central Division where a Chicago team is their main rival and 90 wins all but guarantees a postseason birth.

That last fact is awakening many rabid Brewers fans from their quarter century long hibernation. I saw more than a few Wisconsinites enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon on the lake, take a quick break to check the Brewers score. A few more lamented Friday’s 9th inning loss to the Cubs with a disgust and disappointment normally reserved for Packers games.

It’s hard to believe the last postseason baseball game played in Beertown was Game 5 of the 1982 World Series. That’s along time ago, but Cheeseheads have proven to be patient, “It’s the 25-year rule,” a friend told me. “In 1957, the Braves won the World Series, 25 years later the Brewers won the pennant (and) it’s been 25 years since then.”

If he’s right and the Brew Crew does win the NL Central and advance to (if not win) the World Series, Twins fans can expect a whole new breed of Brewers fans to invade the Metrodome next year during Interleague play.

I'm done with Dome Dogs

Posted at 7:36 PM on July 5, 2007 by Steve Rudolph

I know we have three years until the new ballpark opens, but I'm taking a stand and am refusing to eat another Dome Dog until opening day at the new stadium.

Reading about the fare offered at other stadiums recently made me realize that none of our arenas have a signature menu item that comes close to rivaling the garlic fries at AT&T Park in San Francisco or Boog Powell’s barbecue at Camden Yards.

I want something that’s truly Minnesotan. Maybe it’s Walleye Fingers or something on a stick like we’d find at the State Fair. A Juicy Lucy or a Mayslack’s roast beef sandwich could be pretty tasty as well. I know I’m overlooking some obvious items. Help me out, but hold the SPAM.

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