October 4, 2013


Before getting to the links, I just want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by AG.com, followed me on Twitter, came to various get-togethers, and listened to "Gleeman and The Geek" this season. Being a Twins fan hasn't been much fun lately and at times writing and talking about a third straight 95-loss team felt more draining than rewarding, but knowing there are so many other people out there who also can't bring themselves to look away helped me keep going.

This was my 12th season blogging about the Twins and fan morale has never been lower during that time, but if you can stand all the losing there are certainly plenty of interesting aspects of a rebuilding team. It'll be business as usual here this offseason, which means weekly podcasts, my annual Top 40 Twins Prospects series, lots of free agency analysis, next-day break downs of any moves that happen, and player-by-player outlooks. And lots of other stuff too. Thank you.

• My favorite sentence from this excellent New York Times article: "A recent six-month fling with a 90-year-old woman he met at synagogue did not work out." Happens to the best of us.

• Back when I was shopping for a house I remember really enjoying looking at all the real estate photos online, but this website allows you to enjoy them on another level.

• Here's my analysis of the Twins bringing back Ron Gardenhire and his entire coaching staff.

• Incidentally, regardless of your opinion about Gardenhire re-signing his sunglasses placement and overall style during the press conference were amazing.

• Nothing has ever given more hope to the hopeless than 15-year-old George Clooney.

• For this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we tried something new by recording from the Target Field stands during one of the final games of the season and the results were interesting.

• For those of us in mourning after the "Breaking Bad" finale there's always the Latin American version starring Walter Blanco. There's a trailer and everything:

Can't wait to see what they do with the Todd character.

Francisco Liriano had a fun Tuesday night. And a few dozen internet friends who got together to watch him beat the Reds had fun too. I even dug this out of the closet for the occasion.

• If you want to read all about Liriano's big night, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette put together a nice quote-filled story on deadline.

• Five years later, Chuck Mindenhall of MMAFighting.com wrote a lengthy article about the night everything came crashing down around Kimbo Slice.

• This is more or less how I watch sporting events at home, but he's taken things to another level.

• "Gleeman and The Geek" regular Kate Agnew was featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

• General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies might hire a stat-head to do ... something.

• There has since been backtracking, but that doesn't change the grossness of #playyousissies.

• SABR announced that next year's convention in Houston will be held from July 30 to August 3, which is less than ideal for me because it's during the trade deadline and will be 1,000 degrees.

David Temple and Than Tibbetts are the only tuba players I know/am willing to associate with, so this is how I choose to imagine their day-to-day lives:

Temple says I'm not the first person to make that joke, but that's just the sign of a great joke.

• We'll be recording the next "Gleeman and The Geek" episode Saturday at 612 Brew's (totally free) Octoberfest event. Beer, food trucks, live music, and at least one podcast. Should be fun.

• Living legend Carson Cistulli chatted with my hero Rob Neyer, so how I could I not listen?

• Twins social media guru Keith Beise, who got guilted into inviting me to the Deckstravaganza event last month, did an interesting interview about his job.

• Last week Keith Moyer was kind enough to invite me to chat with his sports journalism class and one of the students, Mike Potter, has a Gopher sports podcast that you should check out.

• I highly recommend checking out Nightingale restaurant/bar on Lyndale Avenue in Uptown. I've been there twice now and loved the vibe and crowd both times. They also have maybe my favorite bartender of all time, so look for the guy stumping people with hardcore baseball trivia. And the Minneapolis Star Tribune just said they have one of the Twin Cities' best hamburgers.

• I sat a few seats over from Corey Koskie at Target Field last week, which reminded me that he's one of the most underrated players in Twins history.

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

- "Aaron Glee"
- "Can you safely carry a child at 245 pounds?"
- "How will the Twins look next year?"
- "Bill Smith tough decisions"
- "Rob Dibble's ex-wife"
- "Michael Keaton married again"
- "Will elliptical give me my six-pack back?"
- "Aaron Gleeman on Tinder"

• Finally, in honor of the Twins' season mercifully coming to an end this week's AG.com-approved music video is "Love Is A Losing Game" by Amy Winehouse:

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June 4, 2010


• In my mind, he immediately gave Kelly Kapowski a call.

• I make this same threat whenever NBC or Rotoworld wants me to work on a weekend.

• After threatening to get a Playstation 3 for a long time I finally took the plunge last weekend, although it was much tougher than I expected to actually find a store that had one in stock. I bought UFC Undisputed 2010 and MLB 10: The Show. A terrible system for submissions keeps the UFC game from being significantly better, but I'm semi-addicted and have already played it enough to create a light heavyweight named Karl Pilkington and complete his 56-fight career.

• I've finally discovered the explanation for why the Minnesota Daily would never hire me.

• As if last week's rumors of Perez Hilton being offered $20 million for his blog didn't depress me enough, this week The Big Lead sold for over $1 million. Based on the traffic numbers TBL boss Jason McIntyre told the New York Times, this blog should be worth around $150,000. I'll wait patiently for my check. (Jealously is an ugly thing, huh?)

• Speaking of website traffic, I want to thank everyone who helped to increase Hardball Talk's readership by about 300 percent in one year.

• Clearly being reunited with Shannon had a huge impact on Sayid.

• I've written before that In Treatment on HBO is my pick for the most underrated (and sadly unseen) show on television and now they're adding one of my favorite actresses to the rebuilt cast that already included Sayid's aforementioned ex.

• I'm not sure whether to be flattered or insulted, but this is the most ridiculous thing ever:

I'll admit WWAGD has a certain ring to it, but my frames are much smaller and my face is much fatter than the random clip-art guy with the unfortunate luck of looking not totally unlike me.

Jim Joyce speaking to reporters shortly after blowing the call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game is some of the most compelling raw audio you'll ever hear. I'm particularly fond of the phrase "I kicked the shit out of it" and plan to use it to describe my own screw-ups. For example, I had a chance to be more patient when evaluating Denard Span's prospect status a few years ago and I kicked the shit out of it.

• Joyce handled himself about as well as possible given the terrible situation he created, but even more than that I'm impressed by what a tremendous person Galarraga appears to be. Of course, that could change if he reads about how Joyce's call probably cost him $200,000.

• In addition to robbing Galarraga of a perfect game another unfortunate effect of Joyce's bad call is that it took attention away from one of the six greatest center fielders of all time retiring.

• She's already been naked too much to cross a name off my nudity wish list (which doesn't actually exist, as far as you know), but longtime Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com candidate Kelly Brook signing a deal to pose for Playboy still seems like a fantastic use of $500,000.

• Kind of amazing after watching the Twins struggle so mightily in those situations all season: Alex Rodriguez has hit .350 with a .710 slugging percentage in 243 plate appearances with the bases loaded for his career.

• In what I'm calling "the Phil Mackey effect" no matter what other logic David Brauer tries to present, KSTP becoming 1500 ESPN has coincided with a big ratings jump. They definitely have the 60-year-old Jewish broad demographic locked up.

• Not surprisingly, it turns out Rangers starter Derek Holland was pitching hurt Sunday night while throwing in the mid-80s against the Twins.

• I thought about buying some of Darin Erstad's old stuff, but then I saw the prices.

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• My apologies for not posting the Twitter mailbag answers this week like I promised. I opted for the interview with John Manuel and a quick entry about Danny Valencia's call-up instead, but I'll definitely follow through on the mailbag responses early next week. Feel free to keep submitting questions over the weekend, because I can always use more good ones.

• Some of the highlights from my NBCSports.com blogging this week:

- Who needs the minors? Mike Leake thriving in Cincinnati
- Mike Stanton on the verge of call-up to Marlins
- Ejected and suspended, Bryce Harper's college career is over
- Ubaldo Jimenez beats struggling Tim Lincecum
- Pirates bench Akinori Iwamura, move ex-catcher Neil Walker to second base
- Carlos Beltran is finally making some progress
- Stephen Strasburg throws five shutout innings in final Triple-A start

• Finally, this week's AG.com-approved music video is Amy Winehouse doing an acoustic cover version of "Valerie" by The Zutons: