January 19, 2015

Gleeman and The Geek #178: Arbitration, Extensions, and Projections

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included hanging out at 612 Brew, the Twins' arbitration settlements and non-settlements, whether to offer Trevor Plouffe a long-term deal, FanGraphs' unfavorable projections for the Twins in 2015, Byron Buxton compared to Carlos Gomez, David Price's record-breaking arbitration salary, and next weekend's "Winter Meltdown" event.

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 178

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January 15, 2015

Twins Daily’s second annual “Winter Meltdown” event

Winter Meltdown 2015 logo

Twins Daily's second annual "Winter Meltdown" event is January 24 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on the Saturday night coinciding with Twins Fest. It'll be at Mason's Barre, one block from Target Field, and guests include Twins president Dave St. Peter, former Twins outfielder Jacque Jones, and former Twins catcher Tim Laudner. Plus me, John Bonnes, Parker Hageman, Seth Stohs, Nick Nelson, and various other Twins bloggers and local media members.

For just $30 you get exclusive access to the private event, including Q&A sessions with St. Peter, Jones, and Laudner, along with two free beers courtesy of 612 Brew, a custom-made, limited edition "Winter Meltdown" pint glass featuring the logo shown above, admittance into a raffle for Opening Day tickets, and all-night drink specials. Last year's event was incredibly fun and sold out beforehand, so you'll want to get tickets now and secure a spot. Click here to sign up.

Who: Gleeman, Bonnes, Hageman, Stohs, Nelson, St. Peter, Jones, Laudner, lots of Twins fans

What: Twins Daily's second annual "Winter Meltdown" event

Where: Mason's Barre at 528 Hennepin Avenue, one block from Target Field downtown

When: Saturday, January 24 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Why: Because if we're going to root for a losing team we might as well have fun doing it.

How: Buy tickets before it sells out by clicking here


For more information about this year's event and a recap of the fun had at last year's event, check out this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode.

January 13, 2015

Gleeman and The Geek #177: Jacque Jones and Meeting the Parents

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Jacque Jones' career and his upcoming appearance at the Twins Daily "Winter Meltdown" event, Joe Mauer's contract, crying babies, adding Blaine Boyer to the bullpen mix, Scott Erickson's good time at last year's event, staying away from Nick Punto, mailbag questions, and meeting the parents.

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 177

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January 9, 2015

Link-O-Rama

• Twins Daily is throwing their second annual "Winter Meltdown" event on the Saturday of Twins Fest--which January 24--and you're all invited. Tickets go on sale Monday and last year the event sold out in four hours. This year's special guests include Twins president Dave St. Peter and two popular former Twins players, although Scott Erickson will not be making a return appearance after shocking everyone with his handsomeness last year.

• Be warned: If you argue about sports on Twitter some people will drive a long way to fight you.

• Important question with an interesting answer: "Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas?"

Rosemary Counter responded to a Craiglist "missed connection" post that seemed to fit her description and then things got crazy.

Greg Howard's lengthy Jon Jones profile on Deadspin was a fascinating read made even more fascinating by Jones beating Daniel Cormier and then immediately testing positive for cocaine.

• I ranked the 30 best Minnesotans to follow on Twitter.

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we argued about the merits of extending Phil Hughes and signing Tim Stauffer. And my favorite server forced me to take a birthday shot.

Nicole Kidman went on "The Tonight Show" to inform Jimmy Fallon that years ago she had a crush on him and arranged a meeting only to have him unknowingly botch the whole thing:

Women should never, ever forget that men are generally clueless and occasionally need a push in the right direction.

• Things have gone from bad to worse for Mase, who lost 1.5 million followers when Instagram cracked down on spam accounts and then decided to just delete his account.

Edward Herrmann, whose many roles included one of the few semi-likable "Gilmore Girls" characters in Richard Gilmore, died at age 71.

• Safe to say Brody Brixton is the Byron Buxton of French bulldogs and now all I want to do is find the Miguel Sano.

• As if "Foxcatcher" wasn't depressing enough already, now Mark Schultz is furious with director Bennett Miller about how he was portrayed by Channing Tatum in the movie.

• FanGraphs thinks the Twins' defense is going to be really, really bad (again).

• St. Paul native, former Gophers star, and one-time JCC basketball league scoring machine Jack Hannahan is going to Korea.

• I listened to all 12 episodes of "Serial" but definitely enjoyed the "Saturday Night Live" spoof more than the actual show:

That is truly nailing an impression.

• I need two new owners my "Hardball Dynasty" league on WhatIfSports. Click here for details.

• Owned by the Pohlad family, the radio home of the Twins has switched formats, but the station will remain mostly music.

• My favorite podcast is "Stop Podcasting Yourself" with Dave Shumka and Graham Clark, and this week's episode with guest Conor Holler is a particularly good one.

• Netflix recommendation: It's depressing, but all six installments of the British mini-series "Black Mirror" are fascinating and really well done as a sort of new school "Twilight Zone."

Black Sheep Pizza just opened a new location on Nicollet Avenue with a nice space, big bar, and meat skewers in addition to the great pizza.

• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:

- "Michael Cuddyer's enchilada recipe"
- "Menu for Spoon and Stable restaurant"
- "Paul Molitor's brother"
- "Jewish fans and Delmon Young"
- "Robin Wright smoking pot"
- "Derek Jeter on Howard Stern"
- "Pictures of outfielder throwing to infielder"
- "Mike Berardino criticized"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Ghost" by Ella Henderson:


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January 5, 2015

Gleeman and The Geek #176: Hughes and Stauffer

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included signing Phil Hughes to a $42 million extension, adding Tim Stauffer to the bullpen, payrolls rising across MLB, being forced to take birthday shots at Stella's, planning for the second annual Twins Daily "Winter Meltdown" event, saying goodbye to Chris Parmelee, mailbag questions from listeners, and why everyone should go to spring training.

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 176

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