Congragulations, rghrbek! With 38% of the vote, you ran away with the "Name that Blog" contest. I promised that the winner would get a prize, and I have a nice 2009 Division Champions hat for you. Just let me know where you want me to send it (P.S. if the email form in my sidebar doesn't work, and knowing my html skills, it probably doesn't, you can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). Again, thanks to all who participated, whether it was by submitting a suggestion for a new name or voting in the poll. I never did get a chance to write a blog post about what I liked about each new blog name candidate before the poll closed, so here it is (I mentioned why I liked the winning entry a tad prematurely here):
Punto Beans: I thought this one was really cute, and I think I'll adopt it as Punto's new nickname. Besides, Punto will probably be a Twin longer than I'll have a blog, so at least I wouldn't have had to worry about another name change.
Span the Field, Our Sideburned Overlord: The former was suggested by Topper Anton, who, besides writing one of the best Twins blogs around, also submitted "Rauch Infestation", which I liked a lot and would have chosen outright if Jon Rauch were going to stick around past next year. The latter was submitted by Andrew Bryz-Gornia, who writes another one of the best Twins blogs around. I liked that one because it sounds awfully familiar somehow.
Cuddubel Me: A great name based on one of Bert's many eff-ups. Again, it would have been appropriate considering what I do here, and it would have had a cool graphic to go along with it.
I've Got a Hardy On: Well, it's pretty good, I guess. I'll probably put back it in the headline somewhere, once J. J. Hardy leads the Twins to their fourth World Series title.
Also, I realize that is not, in fact, a picture of Nick Punto getting picked off at first base in my header. I just thought that Punto's epic baserunning FAIL in game 3 of the ALDS was the perfect metaphor for this blog, and the sort of analysis I provide, and well, my life in general. Oh, and the name of the blog is the only thing that's going to change. I was going to go ahead and change the URL too, but I