GameChat – Minnesota @ Oakland, 9:10

Injuries are really taking a bite out of the Twins’ ass.  Hardy is still hurting so we’re lucky he’s actually IN the lineup.  Hudson is still out and the whole bottom of our rotation just looks.. weak.  Luke Hughes is back from the DL down in Rochester and will make his first appearance tonight.  *crosses fingers*  I wouldn’t mind trading out for the cutey patootey australian boy.

Minnesota @ Oakland
Span, CF   Davis, R, CF
Hardy, SS   Barton, D, 1B
Mauer, DH   Sweeney, R, RF
Morneau, 1B   Suzuki, K, C
Kubel, RF   Cust, DH
Young, D, LF   Kouzmanoff, 3B
Valencia, 3B   Gross, LF
Punto, 2B   Ellis, M, 2B
Butera, C   Rosales, A, SS
  Baker, S, P     Braden, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R
Minnesota 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 5
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 4


Man, it sure feels good to be back in the win column.  Justin Morneau discussed the losing streak after the game and pointed out that it was a short one but you like to keep those as short as possible.  Well, yes, obviously.  And I I guess that three games is relatively short for ANY streak but losing still sucks. 

The game chat was so excited that they started throwing out names for BOD left and right because it was such a team-wide effort.  So we hope the whole team enjoyed the truckload of pastries shipped to the lockerroom – and that someone dug Nicky Punto out of the pile… Final vote for BOD though goes to Delmon Young for an all-around good game AND the game winning RBI.   It was good to see RBI’s instead of LOB’s. 

Who is the BOM and who will be your BOY… friend?

If you’ve been a regular Knuckleballs reader or participant in our live GameChats, you know we hand out a BOD (Boyfriend of the Day) award to the Twins player(s) we determine to be most worthy of the BOD title after each Twins win. If you AREN’T a regular reader or participant in our GameChat, then you’ll just have to take my word for it.

With the Month of May closed out, it’s time to tally up all the BOD awards and announce our BOM (Boyfriend of the Month). Naturally, when the season is over, we’ll be adding things up, hosting a big banquet* for all of our favorite Knuckleballs, Batlings, and anyone else we can convince to share a meal with us, and announcing the first (annual?) Knuckleballs BOY (Boyfriend of the Year… how coincidentally appropriate is THAT acronym?!).

*OK so there may not really be a banquet, but it would be cool to get together and have an adult beverage or two, right?

Anyway, we’ve really been spreading the BOD love around. No single player was named BOD more than three times in May. In fact, no player has earned more than three BOD awards during the entire season, to date! But enough with the suspense. The May Knuckleballs BOM is….

Jason Kubel... our May Boyfriend of the Month!

Jason Kubel!

Yes, not only is Jason our BOM for May, he is also the current leader in the BOY race, with 3 BOD awards.

Justin Morneau, Delmon Young, Nick Blackburn, and Denard Span each had 2 BODs in May (after each was shut out in April). Francisco Liriano had 2 BODs in April, but failed to register one in May (making Frankie he unofficial BOM for April… unofficial because we didn’t start awarding the BODs until halfway through the month and, well, a guy should have to win more than twice to get an honor as prestigous as BOM).

Joe Mauer, Kevin Slowey, and Orlando Hudson each picked up one BOD in each month, also giving them two for the year.

Seven other Twins players have received one BOD award each.

So let the battle be engaged for the honor of Knuckleballs BOY! – JC