So the same team that beat Roy Halladay got pwned by Brett Cecil? *sigh*. And now the Twins are back to .500 for what seems like the billionth time this season. This team just stubbornly insists on being perfectly average.
- Twins help Blue Jays set new attendance record:
before, and I don't really blame Blue Jays fans for not wanting to shell out a ton of money to watch their team lose. I don't fault Jays fans for not wanting to support an incompetent front office that seems intent on alienating what little remains of its fanbase. I can however, blame them for shelling out a ton of money to watch the Leafs lose. Come on Toronto, how can you support one crappy team with a clueless front office and not another? Of course, Twins fans are the last people who should pass judgment on bandwagon fans. If this weren't the final season at the Metrodome (ZOMG, the final season of indoor baseball!!1!), I doubt this uninspiring team would be boasting nearly 2 million in attendance (or sell out the final home game). My dad and I would go to games in the late '90s because it was cheap and you could get pretty good seats, since the place was practically empty most of the time. Ten years ago today, Eric Milton threw a no-hitter in front of a whopping 11,222 fans (To be fair, he was facing a very weak Angels lineup. Glen Perkins could probably no-hit that squad). Since the Twins teams of that era were pretty bad, while the Vikings were fielding one of the greatest teams in franchise history, I don't really blame my fellow Minnesotans for having other sports-related priorities. Of course, once the Twins put together a decent team again, people started coming out to see them.
- I like Denard Span, I like him a lot
It's rare that someone like Span, who was widely considered a bust before he even played a major-league game, would have such an impact in his rookie season. His minor league numbers were less than impressive, and he never displayed much discipline at the plate, so his 2008 season (in which he batted .294/.387/.432 with a 125 OPS+ and finished 6th in ROY voting) seemly came out of nowhere. It was tempting to label him a one-season wonder, but he displayed plate discipline and contact skills that don't usually disappear overnight. And indeed, his numbers this year are nearly identical to last, though his power seems to have declined a little. He's drawn comparisons to Kenny Lofton, and the two are strikingly similar, though Span is probably a little more patient at the plate. Considering that Lofton was a solid player for seventeen seasons in the major leagues, that isn't a bad thing at all.
- F-bomb is back, but in the bullpen