GameChat – Twins @ Blue Jays #3, 6:07 pm

Per MLB’s announcement today, the winner of the AL Final Vote was Nick Swisher.  Not that that is any big surprise or anything.  He did get serious competition from Youk but still…  Why don’t they just put the entire Yankees team out there and then just play whoever else has time?

Anyway, about REAL baseball, Morneau is out after taking a knee to the head last night – yes, he does have a concussion, again.  They are calling him day-to-day.  You really have to feel bad for the guy.  And kind of makes you feel a little bad for Cuddy too – yet more musical fielding positions for him.

Minnesota @ Toronto
Repko, CF   Lewis, F, LF
Hudson, O, 2B   Gonzalez, A, SS
Mauer, DH   Bautista, J, RF
Cuddyer, 1B   Wells, V, CF
Young, D, LF   Lind, DH
Kubel, RF   Hill, A, 2B
Valencia, 3B   Overbay, 1B
Hardy, SS   Encarnacion, 3B
Butera, C   Molina, J, C
  Baker, S, P     Cecil, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Toronto 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 x 8 10 0



Here’s the Last Day to Vote for Delmon – this year.


I find it a bit entertaining that I’m doing anything to further encourage the All-Star game.  I don’t HATE it, mind you.  I just have huge isues with something that is purely a popularity contest and then pretends that it can somehow “represent” all teams and set itself up as important to baseball.  And I felt this way BEFORE Justin Morneau was treated so shamefully during his HR derby win.

But all that being said, it IS a popularity contest.  It isn’t about skill or we wouldn’t have forced representation from teams and we wouldn’t have Omar Infante on any AS team – although I’m sure he’s a nice guy.  We also wouldn’t be having a discussion about Strasburg participating.  Whatever your feelings about whether it should or shouldn’t be this way or how players are chosen, it is what it is.

And what it is is a reflection on Twins fans.  Delmon Young is finally having a season we have been waiting for.  One where we actually get excited when he comes up to bat – one where we don’t hide our head in our hands everytime a fly is hit to LF – one where there are blogger arguments about how he should be higher in the batting order!!!  Come ON, Twins fans!  This is our boy on the ballot. 


Let’s get out there and click submit – we have until 3 pm Central today to vote.


Again, click the button above and it will take you to the ballot!