Despite a rumor to the contrary, it appears Pavano still has his mustache and yes, I sadly did spend the better part of the afternoon stalking my twitter account waiting for verification on the yay or nay. Sad.
Kubel is still dealing with swelling and soreness so he didn’t swing a bat today but, according to Phil Mackey, Thome was feeling better and will be available to pinch hit. That being said, we’ll still be doing piece-meal lineups for a couple days.
It’s bad enough losing a game like this one, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that burning through the pitchers doesn’t put Friday’s game at risk, also. There were SO many opportunities to win this game. 15 hits is great… but you know it would be nice to get ONE extra base hit instead of all singles. The guys certainly put out the effort tonight (which is more than we can say for 2B umpire Cowboy Joe West, who flat out sucked).
We have to hope nothing is seriously wrong with Scott Baker’s elbow, but when your starting pitcher has to leave after 2 innings, it’s a bad omen. Jeff Manship performed admirably in his 4 innings pitched. I wish I could say the same for a few other members of the bullpen.
I don’t think there’s any doubt that a call has been made to Rochester for a couple of pitchers to help out this weekend against the Rangers. Let’s hope for the best! – JC
Ok, talk about unexpected popularity – that post I did about the new Twins Talkin’ Baseball commercial continues to get hits every day. I guess I’m not the only one who really likes it.
But in the time since then, I have kept up the search to get more information on versions and recordings. Much to my surprise and pleasure, I got an official answer from the team that the 2010 version is not a complete recording. They haven’t redone the whole song – just the one piece so that is why it’s a bit harder to locate. Here are the exact lyrics for the new piece:
(Talkin’ Baseball) The Fans They All Agree (Outdoor Baseball) Target Field’s The Place To Be Mauer And Morneau Are Comin’ Thru Cuddy, Span And Liriano Too Just Like Tony, “The Killer” And Carew.
I think something very similar happened in 2007 because for all that I was told there was a version out there, I can’t find any solid record of it at all. Given my success in finding the other information I wanted, I’m not too upset about that but it might be that I’m not entirely done rooting through the internet.
I found one other thing when I was looking around that isn’t really related to the new versions of the song at all but to the “original” remake that birthed the Twins version. During all the contraction discussion, Terry Cashman gave an interview in which he was asked about how it would affect his songs:
Q: You’ve recorded versions of “Talkin’ Baseball” for both Minnesota and Montreal. If MLB contracts, are you going to “contract” the compilation CDs those songs are on?
Cashman: Oh, no. I’m going to keep the ones that are there. If the poor Twins disappear, that song would be valuable.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about his answer but at least it didn’t happen, the song AND THE TEAM are still valuable and all I can say is it’s a good song.