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  1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    Thank you for writing this. First, congratulations on your engagement. That is very exciting. Congratulations on getting through the first year as a pastor in your church. That can be tough. There's a lot going on, so I fully understand.

    Best wishes to you. Hopefully you will stop by from time to time for a Twins fix if you like!
  2. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
    I imagine I'll end up following the local Legion teams (I think they sponsor three of them).
  3. ashburyjohn's Avatar
    It should be a national law that all local baseball diamonds be located on main highways and other arterial streets. I've done the same as you, stopping to take in an inning or two when I spotted a game in progress and didn't have to be someplace urgently. It's cool.
  4. Jim Crikket's Avatar
    Excellent! I'd also suggest finding the local Little League (or whatever they call it there). I honestly enjoy watching those games more than I do high school games (when I can tune out the parents, anyway).
  5. BigSkyTwinsFan's Avatar
    Amen to that! Happy Easter.
  6. Highabove's Avatar
    I am one of the few who believes that the WBC is a bad idea and a meaningless Tournament.
    1 Many Pitchers are working themselves into shape and are not 100%
    2 Many Players are altering their spring training routines, which may affect their early regular season performance.
    Glenn Perkins has stated, that he has rushed his spring training preparation. How will we feel if he starts the Season less effective?
    3 David Wright returns to the Mets Injured. He may not be ready for opening day. (who pays his salary?) I wonder how Mets Fans feel? Twins farm hand Deolis Guerra comes back with a blood clot in his shoulder which lands him in intensive care at a Ft. Myers Hospital.
    4 Many of the best USA Players choose to remain in their spring training camps.
    So what does this Tournament really prove? Can anybody name the Silver Medal Team from the last WBC?? NO PEEKING.
    A Baseball Tournament similar to the Olympic Hockey Tournament would be a different story.
    The mid season schedule could be suspended for two weeks. The players would be in top form. Many more would participate.
    We would truly see a great and meaningful Tournament.
    Unfortunately this will never happen.
    Updated 03-17-2013 at 05:26 PM by Highabove
  7. TheMind07's Avatar
    Very nice article thanks for posting this. This just brightened up my Monday
  8. johnnydakota's Avatar
    Beam me up Scotty , nice read , thanks
  9. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Anyone who gathers their lessons from baseball is a wise person, indeed.
    Thank you sbknudson. A wise person are you.
  10. JB_Iowa's Avatar
    Thanks for making me smile.

    At least you can take comfort in being surrounded by other addicts when you are here at TD. This probably isn't the place to go for an intervention.

    Part of it is that hope springs eternal. As pessimistic as I am about next season, there is still that kernal of hope inside that the Twins can turn it around.
  11. Shane Wahl's Avatar
    Haha. Precisely! Great article.
  12. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    This is an awesome article. See most of your symptoms recognized in myself, and I am currently plotting about the players that the Twins should go after to get better this offseason, although I have less influence on Terry Ryan than Bill Smith should ever have again on this organization. GO TWINS!
  13. John Bonnes's Avatar
    You are really a talented writer. Thanks for writing this up. I found myself nodding on every point.
  14. OldManWinter's Avatar
    George Carling got it right in his "Baseball vs Football" routine. In baseball "everyone is up, the object of the game is to go home ... football is a down game, what down is it? You score if you get a touchdown." Et al.
  15. Jim Crikket's Avatar
    Good synopsis. I would add that some of us find ourselves in a different subgroup during one outing to the ballpark than we might in another trip. Sometimes, I'm with a group and it really is a social gathering with a ballgame going on in the background. I enjoy those events. Other times, I go just to watch some baseball. Other times, I really do feel like concentrating on the specific nuances of the players/teams. Just depends on my mood and the company I'm attending the game with. I actually feel fortunate that I can enjoy ballgames from a variety of vantage points.
  16. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Crikket
    Face it, it was just your day to get wet, one way or another. You may have done the Wings a favor by getting it out of the way at the Falls. Otherwise, it would have caught up with you at the game and the team might not have that W. Don't hold your breath while you wait for them to thank you, of course.
    I actually think I've done rather well weather-wise this trip, with the exception of Elizabethton. And tonight looks like a beautiful night to finish the trip off (except for the drive home, of course).
  17. Jim Crikket's Avatar
    Face it, it was just your day to get wet, one way or another. You may have done the Wings a favor by getting it out of the way at the Falls. Otherwise, it would have caught up with you at the game and the team might not have that W. Don't hold your breath while you wait for them to thank you, of course.
  18. glunn's Avatar
    Great, great article.
  19. gil4's Avatar
    New Britain to Groton to Cooperstown? Definitely not concerned with a direct route.

    I'm from that area - a town called Niantic, which is a reasonably short drive from Groton. (My father worked in Groton for about 35 years.) While living there I would never have thought of New Britain to Groton as a short detour - that was an hour each way, and 2 hours to Boston or to New York were the outer edges of the world there. Now that I live in Oklahoma, my perspective has changed a bit. A 2 hour trip to (each way) to OKC is routine, and four hours to Dallas is fairly common. But when I read your route, I fell back into the old, familiar perspective on distance for a minute.

    There is a NY-P team in Norwich CT - I just checked the schedule and saw they are on their All-Star break. The game is tomorrow "hosted by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio." Are you by any chance headed that way? This is the first entry on your trip that I have caught - I'll get caught up on the rest tomorrow. Good stuff.

    P.S. - If you're out that way again, Mystic Seaport is worth a day.
  20. Jim Crikket's Avatar
    It's too bad you couldn't fit in a trip to Camden Yards since you're so close to Baltimore. Even at 20 years old, it's still one of my favorite stadiums to watch baseball.
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