December 13, 2004
State of the Twins Quick Notes
I worked on a big article about the Twins this weekend -- one of those "state of the team" deals that I usually do every couple months -- but then I heard late last night that Corey Koskie is extremely close to signing with the Blue Jays. I have been hoping/assuming that Koskie would re-sign, so I wrote up the piece with him as part of the team. I guess I'll put it on the back burner until we find out where Koskie is headed for sure.
In the meantime, here are a few quick notes (this is what happens when I have to abort a long piece at the last second) ...
As you can imagine, I got a nice chuckle out of that one. I also wondered about someone like Luis Rivas becoming "stale." I mean, if you have a bucket of, say, feces, and you leave it out for a week, does it become something worse than a bucket of feces? Does it become "rancid feces" or something? And how big of a bucket would you need to fit Rivas into it, exactly?
I have this sick feeling that Rivas will be back next year (and not because I just wrote a paragraph about rancid feces).
The results are very mixed, with a lot of awful sessions and a few really good sessions. I've tried to explain the difference between playing no-limit and limit to a few people, but I guess it's pretty hard to grasp until you've tried both. Personally, I am far, far better at no-limit. Plus, since I started out playing tons of no-limit, the style of play in limit games tends to annoy me quite a bit. For instance, over the long haul people calling your bets after the flop while hoping to hit a miracle river card is going to be good for your bankroll, but in small samples it can drive you insane.
Plus, it is almost impossible to "push" someone off of a hand if they don't want to give it up, since you can't bet out a huge amount in limit games. Because of that, you get people calling multiple re-raises before the flop with literally random cards. If you're going up against a couple people who do that, it's one thing, but going up against a whole table like that is like trying to walk through a field full of land mines. It is definitely something that will take some getting used to and I have a feeling I'll be contributing to some Christmas shopping budgets in my first few trips out to Canterbury.
UPDATE: While doing my daily poker blog reading, I stumbled across an entry from one of my favorites, Chris Halverson, about his first trip to Canterbury back in February. It's a great read and it has me even more pumped about going than I was before, which I would have thought impossible.
UPDATE #2: Oh, and you can be sure I'll be asking every cute girl I see at my table if she's Taylor. (Even if she's not there, I figure "hi, you aren't Taylor, are you?" is a marginally better line than "so ... come here often?")
So now I'm headed to the playoffs after starting the season 0-3. Incidentally, Dial's team went 5-9 despite having Manning, who is the highest-scoring fantasy player in football by a huge margin this year and is having perhaps the most amazing season in NFL history. I'm not sure how exactly, but Chris managed to do it.