Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving!!

Whether you are joining with family today, or later or enjoying an off-day with something else in mind, we here at Knuckleballs are hopeful that you keep the blessings of your life in mind today with a focus toward what you have vs what you don’t have yet.

And happy Hanukkah to those celebrating that as well! The same wish above applies!

President Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1863

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln

More planning for Baseball Off-season Distraction

Just not ready for fantasy football or already have too many teams to add another? How about just picking the “winners” of the games each week? Here’s your chance to see how well you can match up against others in deciding who should take the honors each week. We’ve had a group going for … well, way too many years to count now but we have no limit on how many people can be in our group and it’s not too late to sign up.

JOIN OUR PRIVATE PRO FOOTBALL GROUP!

One of the features of Minneapolis Star Tribune’s free pro football contest is that you can compare your scores with that of your friends on a private page.

To join your friends’ group, first sign up for the contest at http://startribune.profootball.upickem.net/, which enables you to win prizes for each week or a grand prize overall. Then, after you log in, click on the “My Groups” tab, and then click on “Join a Private Group,” and submit the following:

Contest URL: http://startribune.profootball.upickem.net/
Group Name: Tackle Bunnies
Group Password: touchdown

THANKS AND ENJOY THE OFF-SEASON!

GameChat – Kansas City @ Minnesota #2, 7:10pm

The Twins bullpen let a Kevin Correia gem result in a no decision last night, so let’s hope that they’ve learned their lesson and pitch well this evening.  The Twins have struggled against the Royals all season, and if the Twins lose today, they will have failed to win a single series from the Royals in 2013.

Go Twins

 Kansas City

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Minnesota
 Gordon, A, LF  Dozier, 2B
 Bonifacio, 2B  Ramirez, W, RF
 Hosmer, 1B  Morneau, 1B
 Butler, B, DH  Willingham, LF
 Perez, S, C  Plouffe, 3B
 Maxwell, RF  Herrmann, C, C
 Carroll, 3B  Colabello, DH
 Escobar, A, SS  Thomas, C, CF
 Dyson, J, CF  Florimon, SS
 _Duffy, P  _Albers, A, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 2 8 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 2

I really think the line score and box score says all that needs to be said about this game. – JC

GameChat – Royals @ Twins, 7:10pm

The Twins kick off tonight’s action in line to have the sixth pick in next year’s amateur draft, but they’re within three games of picking as high as fourth and as low as fifteenth. While the Twins are out of postseason contention, there are still thirty three games left on the Twins schedule that hold a whole lot of value.  There might not be a big difference in value between the sixth and tenth picks, but if the Twins fall past that tenth spot they would no longer have a protected draft pick, which means they would not be given a compensatory draft pick the following year if they were unable to sign their 2014 selection.

I’m certainly not arguing that the Twins should go out and try and lose games, just that the real goal for the remainder of the season should be on finding out what kind of talent is available in the system and seeing that talent on the field in Minnesota.

Go Twins!

 Kansas City Royals

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Minnesota Twins
 Gordon, A, LF  Dozier, 2B
 Bonifacio, 3B  Herrmann, C, RF
 Hosmer, 1B  Morneau, 1B
 Butler, B, DH  Willingham, LF
 Perez, S, C  Doumit, C
 Lough, RF  Colabello, DH
 Getz, 2B  Plouffe, 3B
 Escobar, A, SS  Thomas, C, CF
 Dyson, J, CF  Florimon, SS
 _Shields, P  _Correia, P
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 6 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1

So Kevin Correia went seven innings without giving up a run and the Twins’ bullpen blew it?

That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. – JC