GameChat – Rays @ Twins, 7:10

The Tigers series was great – it always seems to be.  On the other hand, it seems like Twins fans always have a little bit of a soft side for the Rays.  I think it’s the general underdog status that Twins fans always seem to feel close to home.  It’s a familiar concept here in MN.  But we have no illusions!  We know this is a GREAT baseball team and I’m personally looking forward to how this match up goes!

I will admit this however, I’m tired of seeing day after day with Cuddy at 3B.  JJ Hardy, we need you!  And I fear that when he comes back, Gardy will be somehow attached and nostalgic about the recent move.  I guess none of us really trust Gardy all THAT far. *grin*  Of course, maybe he’s reading this blog and will take my concerns to heart…

Tampa Bay @ Minnesota
Zobrist, CF   Span, CF
Crawford, LF   Hudson, O, 2B
Longoria, 3B   Mauer, C
Pena, C, 1B   Morneau, 1B
Joyce, RF   Kubel, RF
Jaso, J, C   Cuddyer, 3B
Aybar, W, DH   Thome, DH
Rodriguez, S, 2B   Young, D, LF
Bartlett, SS   Punto, SS
  Niemann, P     Pavano, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H
Tampa Bay 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 5 12
Minnesota 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 7


hmmmm…  trying to figure out what to type that doesn’t involve curse words.  Suffice it to say that there was yet ANOTHER absolutely HORRIBLE call by an ump and somewhere along the line, we HAVE to do something different.  That isn’t WHY the Twins lost but it sure sucked all the enjoyment out of what was a close game.  Nothing for Gardy to do but get himself tossed at that point but it was just terrible for an Ump to make himself the focus of the game – yet again.