Twins-Royals in Pictures

Made it out to the Twins-Royals game last weekend with the family.  We got there early and checked out the ‘outfield experience’ back where there used to be nothing but fountains.  Still, you immediately know what stadium you’re in when you see this view.

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It was a really nice day, which was a good thing because, due to 8 pitching changes (7 of them of the mid-inning variety) we were there for quite a while (game time was at least 3.5 hours).

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Random 10

Haven’t really gone music shopping since I moved to KS, I may have to find something new to listen to this weekend….

  • Wasted State of Mind – …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – So Divided
  • Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
  • Zoe Jane – Staind – 14 Shades of Grey
  • Feed Us – Serj Tankian – Elect the Dead
  • Complication – Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile
  • Rape Me – Nirvana – In Utero
  • Blew – Nirvana – From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
  • Sarabande – Suite #1 in G Major – Yo Yo Ma – Inspired by Bach
  • Keep the Glove – Dinosaur Jr. – Bug
  • Silent Shout – The Knife – Silent Shout

Soccer Saturday – Sunderland v. Bolton

The English Premier League kicks off today – Sunderland starts off the season with two matches in a week.  They travel to Bolton this morning and then home against Chelsea on Tuesday afternoon.

BLACK CATS v. BOLTON

FIRST HALF

Well, that was pretty much the ideal start to the season for Sunderland.  New acquisition Darren Bent heads home the first goal of the match in the fifth minute.  One of the issues the Black Cats had last year was holding on to leads (they had the worst record in the Premiership when scoring first last season), so right away they get to work on improving that.

Most of the first half seemed to go Sunderland’s way – they had four corners to Bolton’s zero (until a couple of Bolton corners in the last minutes).  The Black Cats put quite a few shots on, but were unable to extend the lead.

45 minutes down – Sunderland leads 1-0.

SECOND HALF

Sunderland seems capable of shutting down an attack reasonably well.  Not a whole lot of action in the first 20 minutes of the half on either end.

Here comes the push by Bolton.  10 minutes to go – can the Cats hold on?  Frazier Campbell makes his first appearance for Sunderland, coming on in the 77th minute and then getting a yellow card within 10 minutes.

A close play or two, but Sunderland holds on to get three points in match one of the ’09-’10 season. A win on the road, against a mid-table team, where the lead was held for 85 minutes.  I’d call that a real positive start to the season.

Final –

1 – 0

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Friday Random 10

RIP, Les Paul – seems like a random 10 would be appropriate:

Cortez the Killer – Neil Young* – Zuma
They Say – Scars on Broadway* – (self-titled)
Plush – Stone Temple Pilots* – Core
No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf
Demons – The Offspring – (self-titled)
Paranoid Android – Radiohead* – The Best Of
Lost – Korn* – Life is Peachy
Bleeding Heart – Suicide Machines – Steal This Record
Radio Free Europe – REM – Murmur
Another Round – Foo Fighters* – In Your Honor

* = The artist’s Wikipedia page indicates they play a Les Paul guitar at least some of the time.

CONCACAF – U.S. in Mexico tonight

The U.S. soccer squad travels to Mexico for the latest in the World Cup qualifying tournament.  The current standings are like so:

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The U.S. defeated Mexico in February at home, but outside of the States standings points have been harder to come by (a draw in El Salvador and a loss in Costa Rica thus far).  Throw in Mexico’s success at home (2-0 including Costa Rica’s only defeat) and this will be a real measuring stick for the U.S.

Match kicks off 3 P.M. here, not sure if I will get a chance to see this one – but I’ll be keeping an eye out for the results.

2007 Beloit Snappers Card Set – Part II

Here’s six more cards from the 2007 set, starting off with Joe Benson (OF), Danny Berg (C), and Alex Burnett (P).  Benson currently is hitting .283/.411/.398 for A-level Fort Myers, Berg was recently called up to AA New Britain, and Burnett is pitching for New Britain (29 G, 38.2 IP, 0 HR, 32 SO, 17 BB)

(Click on any card to view the full-size image)

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A couple of guys not in the organization anymore and Delaney who’s at AAA Rochester and will probably see some time in the majors sometime in the near future.
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(Almost) Undefeated Weekend

Describing my state of mind regarding the Twins going into this weekend would only have taken one word: Frustrated.  But starting Saturday I vowed to turn it around.  It wasn’t going to be easy, but I had a five game slate set up guaranteed to reignite my Twins fandom.

Game the First – 1991 World Series, Game 6 (MLB Network – Saturday 11 A.M.)

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Friday 10 – Way Late Edition

Alright we really screwed up that whole posting on time thing.

For posterity, here’s Friday’s random 10 –

Metal – Nine Inch Nails – Things Falling Apart
Only – Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
Heresy – Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
The Abduction of Margaret – The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
Capillarian Crest – Mastodon – Blood Mountain
No Quarter – Tool – Salival
Lullaby – The Cure – Disintegration
60 Feet Tall – The Dead Weather – Horehound
Quotes – Dredg – The Pariah, the Parrot, and the Delusion
Monkey Gone to Heaven – Pixies – Doolittle

Showdown

Showdown (@ Scrawlers)

The flies in the room dropped dead out of the air as he entered. It was curious, having an urban legend confirmed right in front of me and not noticing. He crossed the room, looking rigidly straight ahead, and climbed the rear stairs.

His ascension had diminished his overbearing presence, so my attention returned to our table, observing Alex’s shaking hands and spilled drink. I stopped him as he tried to clean up reminding him he had to watch for trouble.

Climbing the stairs, I heard Alex hastily make his exit. That left only me and the legend.

2007 Beloit Snappers Card Set – Manager and Coaches

In the process of moving I unearthed my collection of Beloit Snappers cards from the past three years, so I’m going to share these over the next few weeks, starting with the managers and coaches from 2007. Jeff Smith is currently the manager of the Twins high-A affiliate at Fort Myers, and Steve Mintz is the pitching coach for the same team. (Click on any card to view the full-size image)
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There were also cards for the strength and conditioning coach, the trainer and the hitting coach.  None of them are still with the team this season: Rudy Hernandez is currently coaching at the Twins Gulf Coast League affiliate – I couldn’t find information on the other two gentlemen.
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