June 29, 2003
Chatting through the pain
On Friday night, the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins played the first game of their three game series at the Metrodome.
I watched the game and chatted with Al Bethke, a Brewers fan who runs "Al's Ramblings" - one of the best baseball blogs around.
Aaron: I'm watching the Red Sox through the beauty of DirecTV. They scored 10 runs in the first inning without making an out!
Al: I love Boston, Theo has built his team just like I would if I had $90 million to spend. Who they playin' tonight?
Aaron: Florida. Already on their 3rd pitcher and they have recorded 2 outs.
Al: 3rd pitcher? Did one get hurt?
Al: At some point, you have to admit you're beat and let someone take a beating.
Aaron: Okay, so how do I save the transcript of this chat?
Al: That I don't know.
Al: Did you do the other chat in this room?
Aaron: Yeah, but I wasn't in charge!
Al: I can barely turn on the computer if my wife isn't here.
Aaron: I think I have it set up.
Al: Matt Kinney gets another chance to face his former 'mates.
Aaron: Yeah, he pitched okay last time against the Twins, although they got some runs off him.
Al: Did you see the matchups for the rest of the series? Our pitchers that is?
Aaron: No, I haven't looked.
Al: Saturday, Dave Burba (yes, the one who fought in the second World War) is in town, though he hasn't been added to the roster yet.
Al: Sunday, we have Matt Ford going, who is a Rule 5 lefty. He has pitched very well, but he was in the Florida State League last year. First start.
Aaron: Good, we'll welcome them both into the rotation....
Al: I knew that would upset you.
[FIRST PITCH FROM KYLE LOHSE TO ERIC YOUNG]
Al: So, most of us Brewers fans think Eric Young would be a perfect fit for the Twins.
Al: Free agent after the season, better than Luis Rivas.
Aaron: Ugh. As much as I hate Rivas, I'm not a big Young fan either.
Al: I'm not either, but he could win you a game at some point. For you guys, one win could mean it all.
Aaron: I have always thought Young was pretty bad defensively.
Al: Yes, he's awful in the field, one of the worst second basemen in MLB, bottom 5 for sure.
Aaron: Rivas has been getting a lot of heat from the media and from Gardenhire lately, so maybe they'll do something.
Aaron: I'd rather have Mark Loretta, whom I am sure you are familiar with.
Al: Loretta would be a great guy for you. Rumor has it he's headed for St. Louis.
Aaron: Yeah, I bet a lot of teams have called San Diego about him.
Aaron: I just saw this graphic: "Lohse vs Brewers: 1-1, 9.53 ERA."
[MILWAUKEE GOES DOWN 1-2-3 IN THE TOP OF THE FIRST INNING]