With the Twins suddenly winning games everyone is trying to figure out if they're for real or not, so Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus had me as a guest on their "Effectively Wild" podcast for a half-hour chat about the first-place Twins. And for perhaps the first time in my entire life I was the most optimistic person in the (virtual) room about the Twins. Check it out:
I wrote the Minnesota Twins essay in this year's "Baseball Prospectus" book and appeared on their "Effectively Wild" podcast with Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh to discuss that article, along with various other Twins-related stuff. It's an in-depth talk about some non-mainstream topics, so I think you'll enjoy it. And the Twins-focused episode also includes an interview with Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Check it out:
• This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode was recorded at Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul and we broke down the Mike Pelfrey, Ryan Doumit, and Kurt Suzuki moves in a lot of detail before talking about taking Danny Valencia on a first date.
• There's still some time to think of more, but for now my New Year's resolutions are a) move out of the suburbs and into the city, and b) ditch my BlackBerry for something that doesn't "indicate a gravitas and devotion to work."
• Congrats to Neil Paine for his new gig with Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight. Not only is Paine one of the smartest basketball minds around, he was the only person in the car to recognize my John Mayerreference when we drove past Peachtree Street in Atlanta a few years ago.
• One of the restaurants I ate (and drank) at in Philadelphia this summer, Farmers' Cabinet, was raided by police for serving booze without a liquor license.
• Friends of AG.com Michael Rand and Jon Marthaler made a Mike Pelfrey-related wager and naturally I officiated.
• This is just a good picture of Snoop Dogg drinking a mimosa with his pinkie finger out and a shower cap on his head. Nothing more, nothing less.
• I really enjoyed Todd Glass' appearance on "Crab Feast" with Jay Larson and Ryan Sickler.
• If you don't mind getting depressed, the documentary "Burn" about the Detroit fire department is one of the best movies I've seen on Netflix in a while.
• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:
- "Aaron Gleeman divorced"
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- "The Human Fund"
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- "Tom Brunanski batting stance"
- "Driving in winter in Minnesota"
- "Ron Coomer net worth"
- "Who is John Sharkman?"
- "John Bonnes arrest"
• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Can't Get Enough" by J. Cole:
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