Yeah, I know it's Wednesday. But it was Tuesday when I started writing this, and I'm way too lazy to change the title, so I'm just going with it.
- Twins Things:
Here's a good write-up of the Charles-Nolte-for-Jason-Jones deal.
Michael Cuddyer can still gun down runners at the plate.
Justin Morneau has decided that he can't hit like Harmon Killebrew.
Is this the most patient lineup of the Ron Gardenhire era? I certainly hope so. It would make the loss of Joe Mauer much easier to absorb.
Pat Neshek has been giving regular updates on his rehab via his blog.
Delmon Young and Joe Crede both suffered minor injuries in yesterday's game against Tampa Bay, but should be fine by Opening Day.
Speaking of injured Twins, Joe Mauer feels better than he has all spring. He hasn't been pushing himself during his workouts though, and doesn't think he'll travel north with the team. There's no set timetable for Mauer's return, but he isn't expected to miss more than a month. A lot of well-meaning fans have been giving him all sorts of advice, but he's decided to stick with his medication.
Bears and baseball both belong outside.
When will the Twins regret not putting a roof on the new stadium? The next time there's a blizzard on Opening Day.
- Things too awful to even comprehend right now
It's no secret that I hate the Canucks. They play dirty. They fight like eighth-grade girls. They are always more than happy to take out your captain with a chop to the back of the leg. Although their general incompetence can be a source of endless amusement, I would prefer Vancouver be relegated to the beer leagues.
Which is what makes last night's loss in overtime at the X particularly bitter. Not only has it put the final nail in the coffin to the Wild's playoff hopes, it was a game that, for all intents and purposes, they should have won. They played with a lot of energy, they managed to keep the Canucks off the puck (Vancouver didn't even get a single shot on goal during the third period), they didn't even turn over the puck very much! If it weren't for a couple of fluky goals that happened to deflect off of defenseman Kim Johnsson (who actually played a very solid game, so it's hard to consider him the goat), they would have beat Vancouver and might still be in the Western Conference playoff picture.
No, you know what? That's not even the worst part about this whole thing. The worst part is that the Canucks are now in first place in the Northwest Division. That is simply too awful to comprehend.
- Why isn't the Shamwow! guy in this Pitchmen thing?
Not to mention his Oscar-worthy performance in the Slapchop commercials:
Oops, this is probably why. Nobody likes a guy who smacks a b****!