September 10, 2010


• A new season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia begins next week and after reading this I'm really looking forward to the "Sweet Dee Gives Birth at a Phillies Game" episode. So realistic!

• In fairness, she's really, really good looking.

• You might think someone who graduated from medical school would recognize the difference between the legend of Santa Claus and the reality of basic masonry, but apparently not.

• My bid of a gazillion dollars was rejected, for some reason.

• In case you thought MLB teams only disliked dealing with bloggers, check out the anti-media e-mail Mariners boss Howard Lincoln sent to team employees (at least one of whom leaked it to the media).

• In theory this is an amazing idea, but I'm sure it'll just lead to more people running over kids.

• If you watch the Twins on FSN you might recognize Kate Bilo as the attractive meteorologist who gives weather reports during games. She has sort of a cult following among certain fans, so Ben Collin interviewed her about her job and effective weather-related pickup lines.

• Sure, the story about his getting arrested for stealing drugs is sad, but I'm most upset about the state of Jim Neidhart's once-spectacular facial hair.

• Official Fantasy Girl of candidate Kate Beckinsale looks good enough that I'm willing to ignore the stupid hat.

• I've never seen this happen in a baseball game before, at least not unintentionally.

• Someone to keep in mind in case the Twins need rotation help next season.

• My cousin, Amy Gallop, is one of six finalists for the National Scholastic Press Association's "story of the year" contest in the "feature story" category, which is sponsored by the American Society of News Editors. In related news, the first "Top 25 Writers in My Immediate Family" poll of the season just came out and I'm in the "others receiving votes" group.

Kent Hrbek left his mark on Target Field while playing in the Twins' "legends game."

• I'm not really sure how to describe this video, but I'm definitely sure you should watch it:

I never realized hip hop had so many rules. Or such amazing uniforms.

• If you're a fan of Mad Men, photo-shopping, and crying ad executives it's your lucky day.

• For whatever reasons Robert Schimmel never quite reached the level of stardom his talent warranted before dying last week at age 60 following a car accident, but he ranks among my favorite stand-up comedians and was one of the greatest radio guests of all time.

• Not a single girl from my Hebrew school made this list. In related news, I worked yesterday.

Tiffany Simons may or may not live in Craig Calcaterra's basement.

• All joking aside, I bet everyone did think it was fly when girls stopped by for the summer. For the summer.

• Tweets about Justin Bieber take up three percent of Twitter's servers. I'll assume the other 97 percent is for my tweets about Bert Blyleven's announcing and Delmon Young's defense.

Crazy stat of the week: Zack Greinke has a 3.77 ERA over 165 career starts and the Royals are 68-97 in those games.

• On a related note, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times explains why assuming a pitcher with a great record "knows how to win" is bullshit.

Buck Showalter apparently likes lying a whole lot more than he likes Keith Olbermann.

Livan Hernandez narrowly missed the cut for this list by Joe Posnanski, ranking 14,582nd.

• I once owned a Nick Van Exel jersey, so this makes me feel old and happy simultaneously.

• At this point, I'm looking forward to Kimbo Slice's inevitable fight with James Toney.

• MinnPost will soon be celebrating its third anniversary and I'm proud to be a very small part of what is a great website.

Sidney Crosby can hit a little bit too.

Alan Sepinwall put together a handy list of all the fall television premiere dates for new and old shows.

• Happy one-year blogiversary to On the road with ... Shawn Berg.

• Here are some highlights from my blogging this week:

- Jim Thome ties Frank Robinson for eighth place with 586 homers
- Hells Bells: Trevor Hoffman notches 600th career save
- Chris Sale is thriving in the White Sox's bullpen three months after being drafted
- Domonic Brown isn't playing for the Phillies, so he'll likely play winter ball
- Cubs owner Todd Ricketts films "Undercover Boss" episode
- Jeremy Hellickson named Baseball America's minor league player of the year
- Shin-Soo Choo hoping to avoid military service by playing for South Korea in Asian Games
- Homefield advantage and drawn-out NLDS schedule would be huge for the Phillies
- Travis Hafner quietly having a good, healthy year in Cleveland

• Finally, this week's music video (sort of) is Sam Cooke performing a cover version of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" by Duke Ellington:


  1. Natalie Portman over Scarlett Johannsen (I bet I spelled that wrong). I’m not sure I agree with the rankings, but the list is a nice one to think about.

    Comment by mike wants wins — September 9, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

  2. I am still amazed that some people actually like Olbermann.

    Comment by Evan — September 10, 2010 @ 12:01 am

  3. losing Matt Fox to the Sox….oh what rhyme!

    Comment by chris — September 10, 2010 @ 12:03 am

  4. I’ve always wondered what would happen if a guy like pujols took a swing or two at pitchouts, just to see if the opposition might change its mind with the count 0-1 or 0-2.

    Comment by yefrem — September 10, 2010 @ 9:02 am

  5. I would do or say just about anything to avoid having to listen to Keith Olbermann too.

    Comment by Bryan — September 10, 2010 @ 9:21 am

  6. Thanks for the mention Aaron. Yours was the first Twins blog I read and was my Twins homepage for many years.

    Comment by Shawn — September 10, 2010 @ 12:07 pm


    Sorry if this is the wrong place to put it Aaron but I thought you might enjoy it.

    Comment by Baseball Fan — September 10, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

  8. “• Buck Showalter apparently likes lying a whole lot more than he likes Keith Olbermann.”

    With just one side of the story, how do you have any idea who is lying? Story may have happened exactly as Olbermann claims, but I wouldn’t assume that solely based on his word. His hold on reality is tenuous at best.

    Separately, the pretend kids speed bump is a really bad idea. However, in comparison it’s no where near as bad an idea as the crazy doctor thinking she could go down the chimney like Santa Claus.

    Comment by Largebill — September 10, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

  9. I could not follow that slushy Olbermann ramble. It had the tone of something REALLY SIGNIFICANT but seems to have amounted to a too-clever petty wish of ill health against somebody he doesn’t like who played a petty joke on him because he didn’t like him. Plus, an anecdote regarding how poorly somebody treats Keith Olbermann is really not that telling, because, hey, it’s Keith Olbermann.

    Okay, and new rule: no reference to Mad Men, direct or by implication, without providing a link to Christina Hendricks cheesecake.

    Note: this rule may expand to encompass any reference, direct or indirect, to anything in the known (or unknown) universe.

    Christina Hendricks is the new “42”.

    Comment by ss — September 10, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  10. Dear Gardy,

    Please no more Randy Flores in any close games again ever. And please not on the playoff roster under any circumstances. Thank you kindly.

    Rob W.

    Comment by Rob — September 11, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

  11. No kidding, Rob. Put the Twins in a jam again tonight. He is even more ineffective than Capps. Once Fuentes is back, he should be released or traded.

    Comment by brian — September 11, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

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