I've been blogging about the Twins since 2002 and never really thought to apply for a press pass, but at the urging of my NBCSports.com bosses they submitted a request on my behalf for Monday's home opener and surprisingly (to me, at least) it was accepted. I'm excited to be at Target Field and curious about how the whole process works, but also pretty damn nervous about being so far out of my element. Which is to say not writing from bed.
Hopefully the couple local media members about whom I haven't said horrible things in this space will take pity on me and show me the ropes, or at least not encourage Jim Souhan and Dick Bremer to take swings at me. Either way, it should make for an interesting blog entry and NBCSports.com article come Tuesday. Or it could all just be a Candid Camera-style prank that ends with me standing outside Target Field. I haven't ruled that out.
In what's the most compelling evidence yet that people are tapping directly into my dreams, there's a Grilled Cheese Academy website featuring Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidate Jenna Fischer narrating descriptions of 30 grilled cheese sandwich variations. Seriously.
MinnPost media writer David Brauer did some investigating following reports that someone christened Target Field at one of last week's exhibition games by smoking pot out of a bong fashioned from a red pepper and found ... well, it might actually be true. And in an unrelated note that sounds related, Target Field has been named the "greenest" ballpark in baseball.
NBC's new show Parenthood is uneven at times, but mostly pretty good. And that was before adding Minka Kellyto the cast this week.
Congratulations to former St. Paul Pioneer Press beat reporter Phil Miller for landing another gig covering the Twins for FSN's website. At the moment finding Miller's articles is kind of a hassle because the website isn't fully functional yet, but you can follow him on Twitter. He's a very good writer and a super nice guy too.
Fun fact: In lieu of a lump sum payment for his endorsement of Vitamin Water several years ago Wright took a 0.5 percent stake in the company and then pocketed a cool $20 million when it was sold to Coca Cola in 2007.
HBO canceled his horrendous talk show after just three episodes, but as part of Joe Buck's new four-year contract with FOX he'll develop another talk show along with serving as their lead MLB and NFL play-by-play announcer. I believe the phrase is "failing upward."
Now that John Wall and Evan Turner have officiallydeclared for the NBA draft, I'm sure the Timberwolves will end up picking No. 3 just like they did in 1992 with Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning available. If they can actually avoid another Christian Laettner situation, I'm rooting for Turner over Wall. He reminds me of Brandon Roy, which of course brings up another bad draft-day memory for the Wolves.
Bill Simmons and David Duchovny seems like an odd podcast recipe, but it was very good.
And speaking of Simmons, he's now embracing sabermetrics. As long as writing one positive column about something following years of mocking or dismissing it counts as "embracing." Either way, he's spreading the good word.
I’ve been staying up too late watching the Twins-Angels series. The Twins should get better odds in Vegas as the season progresses — they are a really good team. Did anyone else catch last night’s game? Delmon Young came in for Kubel in the late innings as a – get this – defensive replacement. He then proceeded to hit a 3-run HR in the 9th. You go, Delmon. My pick to click.
Anyone see why Hardy was held at 3B on Morneau’s double? With two outs I would have expected him to be beating a path for home, but the Fox broadcast had Hardy off camera so I could not see what happened. And of course Bremer and Blyleven chose to ignore the situation so I got no replay or explanation from them. Did Hardy hold up at second, maybe thinking there was only one out? Or am I wrong and there really was only one out?
Seems strange. And with no discussion from the booth I was sitting there pulling my hair out trying to understand why MN didn’t have a one-run lead.
In all, good game, sort of. Kind of ugly but they clawed out a win. And it was tense like a late-season game. Love watching the Twins play in Chicago, always seems interesting.
Aaron- it used to be that the large daily papers reimbursed the team for the press passes, wonder if that’s still the case now. Also, it’s interesting that after the first week, the Am. central as a whole is three games ahead of the east. It’s just a week, but still…
Sorta related to the David Wright/Vitamin Water issue:
I heard a little while back that when EA was a tiny company putting out the first edition of Madden NFL, John Madden insisted on his usual $50,000 endorsement fee rather than a stake in the company. Oops.