GameChat – Mariners @ Twins, 7:10pm

Twins fans attending the game tonight are being encouraged to wear a #3 to honor Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew at this, the first home game since Harmon passed away. The Twins have announced plans for the Killebrew memorial event scheduled for 7:10 Thursday evening.

I plan to attend and if anyone else is planning on being there, let me know. I would certainly welcome the opportunity to share the event with fellow Knuckleballers. It’s general admission with gates opening at 6:00 pm. Details can be found by clicking here.

Our guys haven’t won a home game in what seems like forever, so tonight seems like a good time to do that. Then again, they haven’t exactly played a lot of home games this season.

Jim Thome and Jason Repko are back with the ballclub, while Ben Revere and Luke Hughes have returned to Rochester. Here’s the group that will be taking on the M’s:

Suzuki, I, RF Span, CF
Figgins, 3B Plouffe, SS
Smoak, 1B Kubel, RF
Cust, DH Morneau, 1B
Gutierrez, F, CF Cuddyer, 2B
Peguero, C, LF Thome, DH
Ryan, Br, SS Young, D, LF
Wilson, Ja, 2B Valencia, 3B
Gimenez, C Butera, C
Vargas, J, P Pavano, P

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Seattle 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 8 15 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 7 10 1

Another disgusting loss in the books.

I really want to celebrate the triumphant return of Jim Thome with his two HRs (which I totally called in the GameChat, by the way), but once again lousy pitching and even lousier defense robbed all of us of a win. I am not generally one for advocating violence, but there at least a couple of guys on this team that I have concluded deserve… nay, NEED… a good old fashioned, take-em-behind-the-woodshed beating.

If you can’t play defense and you can’t hit, then do the rest of us a favor and go get a real job.

Go back to wearing the white or navy uniforms, guys, because the effort you’re putting forth on the field is an insult to the gentleman you’re supposedly honoring by wearing those old school uniforms.

And yes, Bill Smith, same goes for you. If you and your staff can’t do any better at assembling baseball players than the sorry excuse for a team that’s gathered right now, you all should go find honest employment elsewhere, too.

There wasn’t a single “man” on the field tonight in a Twins uniform, other than Jim Thome. The rest of you should be ashamed.

– JC