GameChat – A’s @ Twins #2, 6:10, FSN & am1500

I’m not really sure which, if any, of the Knuckleballs crew will be around tonight (I know I won’t be) for the game, but here are the lineups and I’ll load up the GameChat as well.

And if you haven’t entered the HR contest yet (see the immediate prior post), it’s not too late!

Crisp, CF   Span, CF
Barton, D, 1B   Mauer, C
DeJesus, D, RF   Morneau, 1B
Willingham, LF   Young, D, LF
Matsui, H, DH   Cuddyer, RF
Suzuki, K, C   Kubel, DH
Ellis, M, 2B   Valencia, 3B
Kouzmanoff, 3B   Hughes, L, 2B
Pennington, SS   Casilla, A, SS
Gonzalez, G, P   Blackburn, P


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


Win Twins Tickets Here!

That headline got your attention, didn’t it? Nothing like giving away stuff to bring in the eyeballs.

Well it’s true. We’ve got a pair of tickets to the Twins/Rays game on Tuesday, April 26, to give away. You see, the good folks @MinnesotaTwins announced back on April 5 via Twitter that the team had a special deal for their Twitter followers. A link was provided that would take you to a special page on the Twins web site where followers could order tickets at a discount for the April 26 contest. Which I did.

As it turns out, however, I’m not going to be within even a couple hundred miles of Target Field that night… maybe not even within 1,000 miles.

So let’s give these things away. Now, mind you, these are not exactly “premium seating”. You’ll be sitting in the RF grandstand, but you WILL be sitting with a bunch of other people who got tickets because they (or someone they know) follows @MinnesotaTwins via Twitter… so it should be a ton of people who will be staring at their phones throughout the game, just like you. And these are free, dangit, don’t be so picky!

So here’s the contest…

Tell us which Twin will be the first among his team mates to hit a home run at Target Field this season. Tell us who, and then for tiebreaking purposes, tell us which game first tie breaker), and which inning (second tiebreaker).

UPDATE: If we still end up with a tie, the winner will be the person who entered their pick earliest.

Because we need some time to get the tickets to you, we need to limit this to the A’s and Royals series… so if none of our guys have hit a HR during those games, we’ll just pull a name randomly from everyone who entered the contest. We’ll do likewise if the hitter who actually goes yard first wasn’t predicted by anyone.

Leave your guess in the comments section of this post (or any subsequent Knuckleballs post… we don’t get so many comments that we can’t keep track).

Good luck!

– JC

UPDATE: We have a winner!!! Jessica S nailed it on the nose with her prediction of Jim Thome on April 10th, in the 8th inning! Congratulations, Jessica… we’ll be in touch about getting the tickets to you! – JC