Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins clawing their way above .500 after a brutal start, Ricky Nolasco's return and Tommy Milone's departure, Ron Gardenhire looking for a job and the White Sox possibly having an opening, good Mike Pelfrey going away quickly, Byron Buxton catching fire at Double-A, and what to do with Tim Stauffer and Lester Oliveros.
Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included returning to the radio on KFAN, Trevor May's promising start, Joe Mauer's changed approach, Torii Hunter and Trevor Plouffe playing at extremes, Byron Buxton's timetable, Danny Santana turning back into a pumpkin, small crowds at Target Field, what to hope for with Ricky Nolasco, bumper music choices, and mailbag questions from listeners.
• "Gleeman and The Geek" is officially back on the radio, starting our fourth season on KFAN this Sunday at 4:00 pm. As always you can listen live on 100.3-FM and KFAN.com streaming audio or you can continue to listen to the show as a podcast via however you've been doing that already. We broadcast an hour live on the radio and then record another hour afterward in a side studio without any commercials, gluing the two pieces together for the final podcast product.
• Rob Neyer of FOXSports.com wrote about my NBCSports.com blog-mate Craig Calcaterra and the criticism that comes with criticizing other writers.
• A national security expert wrote in the Washington Post that MLB forcing fans at every ballpark to go through metal detectors is "pure security theater" and "laughable."
Shaq was never adamant about going to L.A. or any big market. He went to LSU, so it wasn't like he was saying, "I need to go to some big market." Our strategy wasn't to force anybody to go anywhere. Maybe if he was picked by Minnesota he might have said, "I don’t want to go there."
Instead the Wolves picked third, missing out on both O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning.
Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included the Twins' rough opening week, Torii Hunter struggling in the cleanup spot, Trevor May joining the rotation after all, Blaine Boyer going as badly as expected, Harry's Razors giving listeners a nice discount, John Bonnes' trip to Las Vegas, Paul Molitor's willingness to platoon, where the Twins' top 40 prospects can be found in the minors, and hanging out at Mason's Barre.
Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included Ervin Santana being suspended for 80 games, over/under win totals for the Twins and other AL Central teams, laughing at a funeral, Josmil Pinto losing the backup catcher job, Mike Pelfrey getting his wish, Kyle Gibson needing to step up, and basically everyone outside of Minnesota predicting the Twins will stink again.
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