GameChat – Twins @ Mariners, 9:10

So… it’s amazing what can happen in a day when you aren’t expecting something.  And I think what happened today should just go to prove that the non-waiver trade deadline really doesn’t mean doodly for the Twins front office.  Just in case your laptop/phone/twitter is not surgically attached to your fingers like it is for some of us, here’s the news today:  Twins acquired left-handed closer, Brian Fuentes, from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash.  Wow.  According to Gardy, he’ll be mainly doing the lefty setup duties for Capps (and providing a nice backup in case it’s necessary). 

This is really an impressive move by the Twins in my book.  Not sure who I’m going to recognize any relievers coming out of our pen in a couple days!  But I think this is clear that Perkins is not expected to be a long-term Left-handed option in the bullpen.  But that’s just my opinion.

In other news (not quite as interesting), the Twins announced that they’ll be putting a statue of Calvin Griffith on the plaza with the other player statues.  Apparently the big news of that situation is that Rod Carew is ok with the statue being near his.  Good?  I guess I appreciate the sensitivity of the situation and how they handled it – WAY more of a soft touch than I am even capable up.  However, I just can’t get away from the part of it that makes me feel like the Twins can put whatever statue they want whereever they want.  And I LIKE Rod Carew!!!  I’m pretty sure that his permission wasn’t really necessary.  Like I said, it just goes to prove that the Twins are nicer people than I am.  Big surprise.

As far as tonight’s game.. oy, another west coast game.  They are never good for my sleep schedule because once I start staying up late? I have a hard time going to bed early for awhile.  Let’s hope that Baker is up to form tonight – both the for the sake of the Twins AND my fantasy teams!

Minnesota @ Seattle
Span, CF   Suzuki, I, RF
Hudson, O, 2B   Figgins, 2B
Mauer, DH   Branyan, DH
Cuddyer, 1B   Lopez, J, 3B
Young, D, LF   Kotchman, 1B
Valencia, 3B   Gutierrez, F, CF
Repko, RF   Moore, A, C
Casilla, A, SS   Tuiasosopo, M, LF
Butera, C   Wilson, Jo, SS
  Baker, S, P     Vargas, J, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 6 12 1
Seattle 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 8 2


There was some hilarious comments made about the game tonight and I wish I could actually remember more than a couple of them.  My favorite was from Dick Bremer regarding the radar gun hitting 96 mph for Scott Baker: “Mariners are borrowing the radar gun from the Wisconsin Highway Patrol..”

And on the postgame radio interview, Danny Valencia even had TC laughing when asked how he chooses who to throw the ball to at the end of an inning: “First I look for a Twins fan, if I can’t find that, I look for a female…”  Well, Danny, at least you are honest.

There were a couple other things that had me rolling tonight but given the lateness of the hour, my brain is sleeping and I don’t remember what they were.  BUT, it was a fun game.  We got to see our new lefty, Flores, go out there and throw the ball a bit – and he fits right in our bullpen facial hair wise.  I think they were testing him out a bit tonight and he had some bad-luck grounders but I think we’ll see him used primarily as a situational lefty.  Especially since Fuentes is supposed to arrive tomorrow.  The official roster move was made post game and was exactly what most of us suspected and Glen Perkins was sent back down to AAA to get innings there.  Scott Baker had a decent outting which I greatly appreciate – it wasn’t his best by the end of it and he’s still throwing too many pitches for my liking but it definitely got the job done tonight.  And Matty Guerrier just MADE my DAY!!  Coming into a bases loaded situation left for him by Flores, he nailed it down and got us out of the inning with a minimum of drama.  For that he gets a Cheesecake on a stick in honor of the State Fair.

And the offense actually showed up!!!  Go figure but Joe Mauer is hitting .399 since the all star break.  Wow.  He was 3/5 again tonight with 2 RBI.  He’s definitely quietly moving his way back up the leaderboard.  Go Joe!  For such a fabulous outting tonight, you are warded an entire bucket of Sweet Martha’s cookies and all the milk you can drink.

Hard to believe that someone could beat that but I think the GameChat voted purely on entertainment value tonight giving our BOD to Danny Valencia – and NOT for his post game comments.  The entertainment started early with a very fun catch in the Twins dugout which he held on to the ball but nearly required BOTH Twins catchers to keep him from a headlong dive over the rail.  Then he hit a HAWT triple  – because all triples are hot.  And he ended up tying Mauer for RBI tonight.  So for all that flash and dash, Danny Valencia is today’s BOD.

4 Replies to “GameChat – Twins @ Mariners, 9:10”

  1. See, this just goes to show that you and I don’t ALWAYS think alike, Babs. The very first thing I thought of when I read that the Griffith statue was going up near the Carew gate was, “Wow, that’s ironic and not very appropriate at all.”

    I realize that by the time Carew went in to the HoF, the two men were back on good terms, but Griffith’s famous racist joke in Waseca that came in the middle of contract negotiations that eventually resulted in Carew becoming an Angel will forever be etched in my mind as emblematic of “the beginning of the end” of my youthful enthusiasm for the Twins.

    I’m glad the Twins showed the sensitivity of checking with Carew concerning his feelings on the location of the Griffith statue.

  2. Like I said, I TOTALLY understand WHY there could be issues. But I guess I just know enough of the story to know that it shouldn’t still be treated as if it was an issue (IMO) because that just furthers the problem rather than leave it settled as the two men did between themselves.

    You can’t ever improve your standing in a situation if you can’t let yourself move out of it.. *shrug* To presume that Carew needed to approve it kind of assumes that they think he didn’t really mean it when he said that he no longer had issues with Griffith. I don’ tknow.

    All of which is why I think they handled it far better than I would have I guess. *laugh*

  3. I’m with JC on this one. By putting the two statues near each other, it just revives the incident (which BTW I didn’t even know about, being new to Twins Territory, but DO know about now). Not sure the Twins have actually overcome that legacy of racism . . . at least now I understand the basis for some of the talk I heard over the past couple of years . . .

    I’ll be listening to this one with my eyes closed, so not chatting, but I mainly wanted to point out that apparently Babs whined so loudly about the bullpen that the Twins got her two new pitchers within a week . . . way to go Babs! 🙂