That was probably one of the best games I'd ever been to, from about the 4th inning on. I've decided to list The Good and The Bad about yesterdays game. So here you go.
- After seriously forgetting how to hit the ball on Wednesday, we've remembered QUITE clearly
- The meal deal my friend and I got with our Home Run Porch tickets. I love Dome Dogs.
- Brendan Harris. His two doubles made me love him even more, despite his political opinions.
- Justin Morneau. That home run was gone the second he made contact with it. And it was beautiful.
- AJ Pierzynski's complete inability to throw runners out. I love it.
- Ken Griffey Jr. didn't show up at The Dome in uniform to play.
- Nick Punto, playing like the Nick Punto of 2006. I love Nick Punto.
- Denard drawing a walk after the awful call, then stealing 2nd.
- The scary souvenir guy who gets in your face didn't come by me this game.
- Getting juked out on the chips that we were supposed to receive with our Dome Dogs. Not cool.
- Adam Everett. Killer, I'm glad you're back and all...but the showing last night was kind of sad. I think maybe you got back in a groove towards the end of the game (that last hit was definitely a lucky break for Chicago, it was almost down the line). Let's try and pick that up.
- The awful call made by the 3rd base ump regarding Denard Span (who I have finally decided I approve of)
- The drunks who would not stop throwing things onto the field. We're not Yankee fans guys, come on. We're classier than that.
- The fact that Gogo seems to be having some issues hitting again.
- And Nick Swisher.
Now. In regarding to trades... I'm still sort of surprised that Boof is still here, I thought for sure he would be traded and the Frankie called up (which, according to the Twins site, is "imminent"), but that didn't happen. I've got nothing against Boof, I'm just sort of disappointed in him right now. Poor Boof.
The 3-Way trade that sent Manny to the Dodgers still confuses me (I need thumb tacks and colored string to get it), but I am very glad it happened. Personally, I dislike Manny. He is a diva and a show boater, and throws tantrums when he has (or had) the privilege to be playing for an all-around exceptional team.
Living most of the year in Boston, right near Fenway, I am constantly surrounded by Red Sox fans. And while us Twins fans are great and wonderfull dedicated, I'm not really sure how to describe the dedication that Red Sox Nation feels towards their team. All of their team. That bit Manny said about the Sox trying to turn their fans against him...completely ridiculous. But what irks me the most was his comments that the Red Sox "don't deserve a player like [him]".
I firmly believe Manny did not deserve to be playing with a team like them. I am reminded strongly of how excited Pudge is to play for the Yankees. He said it was "an honor". I feel like playing for the Red Sox would be, too.
I hope Joe Torre whips Manny into shape. I kind of love Joe Torre. He looks so much happier as a Dodger. I would be. I mean, even I was offended at how the Yankees treated him last year. The guy is pretty obviously amazing.
I also hope now Jacoby Ellsbury gets Manny's job full-time (not the whining, showboating part). But I guess Jason Bay might be up for it, too...