June 6, 2014


Steve Neuman broke down the amazing "Uptown living" video like only Randball's Stu can, although honestly I aspire to be a dollar-store Ryan Gosling. Or even a dime-store Ryan Gosling.

Joe Posnanski writing about FSN's ridiculous Derek Jeter "scouting report" is one of the best things I've read this year.

• I loved Dirk Hayhurst's essay/rant about the silliness of baseball's so-called "unwritten rules."

• On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we talked a lot about Phil Hughes, Josmil Pinto, Jason Kubel, and Aaron Hicks, plus I outed John Bonnes for having a weird fetish.

Parker Hageman's podcast co-host (and friend of AG.com) Dan Anderson got much-deserved internet fame this week when his wedding party decided to do their photo shoot on a dock:

I'm sure he'll give a detailed breakdown of the incident on the next "No Juice Podcast" episode.

Maureen O'Connor of New York Magazine writing about being shipped to California to date tech guys is fascinating and funny and sad all at the same time.

Headline of the week/weak: "Diet and exercise may help maintain weight loss."

• Old friend Joe Nathan isn't doing so well in Detroit.

• Old friend Johan Santana is back in the majors, sort of.

• I really enjoyed Rob Neyer's article/oral history about the St. Louis Cardinals' great 2009 draft.

• I am apparently a Princess/Hedonist, which sounds about right.

• Baseball press boxes can be a dangerous place, as former Twins beat reporter Mark Sheldon learned all too well thanks to Pablo Sandoval.

Brian Dozier can solve a Rubik's Cube in two minutes:

And he has great hair.

• Presented without comment: Joe Mauer vs. Derek Jeter. Or maybe how about Joe Mauer vs. Kirby Puckett?

• On a related note, the comments on this are amazing.

• I met a lot of people like this in the past few days.

• Apparently the Twins are moving their Double-A team from New Britain to Hartford.

• I'm still sad that Rye Deli in Uptown closed, but at least a potentially interesting restaurant is opening soon in its old spot.

• New restaurant recommendation: Lago Tacos on Lyndale Avenue in Uptown. I went on opening night and ate so much food that I got right home, put on sweatpants, and passed out.

• I'm on Instagram now, posting mostly really dumb pictures.

• Some of this week's weird and random search engine queries that brought people here:

- "Minnesota Twins trade rumors"
- "Maximum amount of fresh garlic to be consumed"
- "When will Byron Buxton be healthy?"
- "How much money do the Twins make?"
- "Glen Perkins he's our closer"
- "Is Keith Law baseball Jewish?"
- "How much is Kevin Correia paid?"
- "Aaron Gleeman possum"

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Gun" by Chvrches:

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  1. No draft coverage? I hope your social life is thriving, ’cause your blog isn’t.

    Comment by T.D. Castle — June 6, 2014 @ 9:49 am

  2. BY FAR the best comment on the Strib article is the comment wondering if you’ve ever played the game at any level. I almost died.

    Comment by CBC — June 6, 2014 @ 10:40 am

  3. You have just added gas to the already blazing Mauer fire. How long before the peasants of Twins Territory grab their pitchforks & torches and march to Mauer Mansion?

    Comment by MactheWrite — June 6, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

  4. Mauer’s slugging percentage is less than the mighty Ben Revere and Emilio Bonifacio. Not sure why he can’t – or shouldn’t – be criticized.

    Comment by Toaster — June 7, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

  5. Looks like Willingham has got a ham in his shorts.

    Comment by Yiddy McGiddy — June 7, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

  6. I miss Aaron. Why? Because you have sadly followed the career arch of Bill Simmons. Meaning… you used to be an amazing writer, full of insights, challenges to the status quo (ie. Gardenheir is/was a good manager and Bill Smith knew what how to make a trade), brilliant ideas about how to use the bullpen or who should hit in the two hole and so on. And now, Gleeman and the Geek podcast. What happened? Laziness, an inflated sense of self, money, vanity… Please write. Tell use something interesting. Should Pino be called up? Was Morales a good signing? Where should Dozier hit in the line up? Fire Joe Morgan (I mean Ron Gardenhire)! Come on. Bring back the old Aaron – the genius with a POV, the one who joined in on a Batgirl rant. Twins fan need a real critic, not a homer and not a podcaster. Writing is an art, a podcast is just banter. I cherished you, now I’d rather read some random posnanski article about how the Royal don’t hit home runs. Bring back Aaron. Tell us something (in writing).
    – A long time reader, a second time commenter.

    Comment by Andy Lichtblau — June 7, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

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