Posted at 6:00 AM on July 17, 2007
by David Zingler
Recently, much has been made of Terry Ryan's inability to close a significant mid-season deal. Oakland's Bobby Kielty however, is living proof that it can happen.
It's already been four years since the redheaded outfielder was sent to Toronto for Shannon Stewart. I caught up the always-friendly former Twin during last week's series.
DZ: You are just coming back from a knee injury and missed most of the first half. Talk a little about your season so far.
KIELTY: It's been a rough year. I had (knee) surgery in the spring and because of the surgery, I hurt my calf - my legs were weak. The calf injury has been kind of like Rondell's here - it's been taking forever to heal, (you think you are) coming back and have little set-back. Now I am back and hopefully I can contribute to the team.
DZ: I don't know if it's ironic or just coincidental, but you and Shannon Stewart are playing for the same team now.
KIELTY: I was trippin' out when we got him last off-season. He was the same way...It ended up being a great trade for (the Twins) because he took (them) to the playoffs. I know he enjoyed his time here and I enjoyed my time here. We had a lot to talk about right from the get go.
DZ: Talk a little about the playoffs last year. Were you surprised how easily you beat the Twins?
KIELTY: I was because I know the Twins are a tough team to beat especially at home. They had the great crowd going, screaming and hollering - it's so loud in here. We got hot and went to Detroit and got cold and couldn't beat Detroit at all. It was an interesting playoffs for us: we were so high after beating the Twins and then so low so quick with Detroit that it was like 'Wow! What the heck just happened?'
DZ: You've played under two high profile general managers in Terry Ryan and Billy Beane. How do they compare?
KIELTY: I see Billy more than I saw Terry. Billy's in the clubhouse pretty much everyday. Terry is pretty low key and usually when he came in (to the clubhouse), it seemed like something was going down. Both are great general managers and both do an excellent job.
DZ: When you come back to the Metrodome, is it special for you?
KIELTY: Definitely. This was my first big league park, so I am always excited to be here. It brings back great memories and brings you back to that little kid-type feeling of being called up again.
Posted at 9:57 PM on July 17, 2007
by Chris Dall
Steve's post about closers and their entrance music got me thinking about a staple of late '70s baseball--the bullpen car. Does anyone remember the bullpen car? If not, it looked something like a golf cart with a top shaped like either a baseball or a baseball cap--or something like this. Along with the Philly Phanatic, the San Diego Chicken, really ugly uniforms, and Mel Allen on This Week in Baseball, the bullpen car really epitomizes that era of baseball for me. Those were good times.
I miss the bullpen car, and apparently I'm not the only one. But what with the price of gas and all, it's hard to imagine any team would bring the bullpen car back. In addition, the thought of Kent Tekulve being leisurely driven to the mound to the strains of Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk" just doesn't carry the same intimidation factor as Mariano Rivera coming in while "Exit Sandman" blasts from the stadium loudspeakers.