Time to Start Appreciating the “Average Joe”

Joe Mauer is hurting right now.  He has taken cortisone shots in his right shoulder.  He hasn’t been behind the plate since July 31st.  The injury has not hurt his line in the box score however.  It is time to give the man his due. Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Who Gives a Favre

When I started this blog, I said to myself I wouldn’t do this.  However, listening to the radio today was unbearable.  Here is the real deal on Favre.

Favre does not want to partake in training camp.  Favre, the team, and management all know he does not need to be there.  He skipped it last year, and it did not hurt him or the team one bit. Continue reading

Posted in Football...Oh the American Kind | Tagged | Leave a comment

Please Just Don’t Let Me Look Foolish

This spring I was very excited to hear that Francisco Liriano’s slider was back.  Last year, after coming off Tommy John surgery, Liriano’s slider had movement but no bite.  He was not at his best, though it usually takes two full years to fully recover from the surgery.  This year is the second year – and it shows. Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Sweet Night Capps

The Minnesota Twins made a great trade for Matt Capps last Thursday.  They gave up Wilson Ramos, who by all accounts will be successful in the Major Leagues.  It’s a great trade, because the Twins don’t need two starting catchers.  They have a guy locked up for the next eight years who happens to be the best catcher of all time (go ahead and look for a better one). Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Objects in the Mirror

Coming into the All-Star break, the smart money for the AL Central title was on the Chicago White Sox.  They were red hot, while the Minnesota Twins were struggling through a difficult part of the schedule.  Now Chicago listen: Objects in your mirror may be closer than they appear. Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Buying Low on Repko

At the beginning of this year, the Minnesota Twins had an issue with the outfield.  They have three very capable men – with Delmon Young in left, Denard Span in center, and Michael Cuddyer in right.  They also have Jason Kubel to back up left or right field.  But, what if Span needed a day off? Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Defense wins Championships

In 2001, Trent Dilfer reached the pinnacle of the NFL world.  He ‘led’ the Baltimore Ravens to a 34 – 7 victory.  However, to say he led them is misleading.  The defense carried a poor offensive team to the ultimate prize.  One can argue that in the game of baseball, dominating starting pitching will drive you to the promised land.  But, an often-overlooked aspect of a solid team is defense.

First of all, let me clear the air.  Out of the last five World Series champions, Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

An MLB APB, CIA, BBC, Doris Day, Dig it…

Dear MLB,

Watch out for the surging Minnesota Twins.  The schedule has not been favorable to them in the first half, which only means it will be easier in the second half.  The starting pitching is coming around.  The offense (or AWE-fense) is crushing, despite missing the former AL MVP in Justin Morneau, and a mean number two Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Charity Case

When I was 12, the Twins held a youth clinic very near to where I lived.  I grew up on a dairy farm, and the clinic was in the middle of a busy summer on the farm. My Mom still made some time and took my brother and me.

I remember being taught pitching mechanics, proper fielding techniques, and how to shore up my batting stance.  The coaches were brilliant.  What they showed me immediately paid off.  If only for an afternoon, I was the fire-balling pitcher, the vacuum at shortstop, and Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Forever Young

Check out the 10th place on the batting average leader board.  Could it possibly be Delmon Young, tied with Ichiro and Billy Butler?  .314 and climbing is pretty great for a guy who, not long ago, had Twins fans so crazy that he was more likely to receive the Anne Boleyn treatment than MVP treatment.

I liked the trade of Garza and Bartlett when it happened.  Garza is a headcase and a distraction in the clubhouse and Bartlett just didn’t seem to care.  Defensive mistakes, inattentiveness, and spotty (albeit great at times) hitting Continue reading

Posted in A to Zoilo | Tagged , , | Leave a comment