Off-Day Weather-Related Baseball Entertainment

So.. remember that fairly hilarious thunderstorm that the Twins and Rangers that flattened Willingham and sent Doumit running for shelter?

Well it turns out that the Yankees & Red Sox had a similar event yesterday and it was pretty much just as funny!! It seems thunder and outdoor stadiums are made for comedy.


Playing Ball Can Be Uplifting!

Ok, so that’s a little play on words that I couldn’t resist..  I saw this video on Facebook a couple days ago and I really liked the sentimentality of it all.

I thought you guys would enjoy a good moment as well.

Happy Memorial Day!

We’ll come back to baseball later today, of course, but I want to encourage all of our readers to take a moment’s pause today. For all those who have served in our nation’s military, we thank you.  For all those families who have sacrificed, we thank you.

But in the true recognition of Memorial Day and it’s history, we remember those who fell in the service of this country and we honor their memory. This is not Veterans Day -although I esteem them highly and am very glad to have them with us. This is Memorial Day – the time to remember those who never came home paying a cost none of us have ever paid.

There is no way to pay the debt owed for the privileges I enjoy.  I can only recognize the depth of loss.

We encourage all our readers to enjoy their Memorial Day in whatever manner they choose but to take a moment during the day to remember those we’ve lost. We use this quote a lot but considering Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War, it seems appropriate.

… The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion … 

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

Sunday Morning Comic Relief

I looked around for to see if I could find anything especially entertaining with a Mother’s Day theme but .. not so much. So Happy Mother’s Day to all those who are!

And for you Sunday morning amusement, if you haven’t seen some of the latest Twins commercials, you should – and in honor of the Willinghammer Bobblehead they put out on Friday.


Minnesota Twins Podcast – Talk to Contact – Episode 37

Episode 37 of the Twins baseball podcast,  Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

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On Episode 37, Cody and Eric are joined by Baseball Prospectus‘ Jason Parks to talk about the Twins Minor League system.  Jason Parks has plenty to say about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, as well as some of the pitching prospects.

Before Jason Parks comes on to the show, Cody and Eric go through the Twins news, including the pitching performances of Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Scott Diamond; Joe Mauer’s Fenway expertise, and the explosion that is Oswaldo Arcia.

To close out the show the guys name a Listener of the Week, go Down on the Pond with Michael Tonkin, and regardless of what they’re drinking (juice?!) they take a quick tour of the biggest news stories around the league.

80 minutes of fun!


You can follow Cody on Twitter (@NoDakTwinsFan) or read his writing at NoDakTwinsFan.  You can follow Paul on Twitter (@BaseballPirate) or read his writing at  Puckett’s Pond.  And of course, you can find me on Twitter (@ERolfPleiss) and read my writing here at Knuckleballs!

- ERolfPleiss

GameChat – Twins at Red Sox, 6:10 PM

Sorry about getting this up at the last minute. Knuckleballers are busy today!

The big news in this game is Clay Buchholz and his maybe, kinda, sorta, might be cheating by having what may or may not be a foreign substance on his non-throwing arm.



Red Sox
Dozier, 2B Ellsbury, CF
Mauer, C Victorino, RF
Willingham, LF Pedroia, 2B
Morneau, 1B Ortiz, D, DH
Parmelee, RF Napoli, 1B
Plouffe, 3B Nava, LF
Arcia, DH Saltalamacchia, C
Hicks, CF Middlebrooks, 3B
Florimon, SS Drew, SS
_Worley, P _Buchholz, P


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Minnesota 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 10 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 6 17 1

Once again, the Twins had opportunities to win this game. When you get two men on base and have your third, fourth and fifth hitters in the order coming up, it’s reasonable to expect at least one of those runners to be driven in. When all three strike out, it certainly constitutes a lost opportunity.

Brian Dozier deserves kudos for his dramatic game-tying home run, as does Anthony Swarzak for his three innings of shutout relief work. It’s a shame it all went for naught. – JC