But I can't, because what I really NEED to talk about is the lameness of the Twins' Favorite Things baskets this year. For anyone who doesn't know, the Favorite Things baskets are the brilliant fundraiser idea cooked up by the Twins' Wives. They make up baskets filled with goodies that tell us important things about our players' consumer spending habits....favorite foods, sports drink flavors, video games, restaurants, condiments, hobbies, movies, etc.
I don't know why, but this seems like particularly vital information to me.
Maybe it's just me and my high expectations, but the baskets this year are kind of a let down.
It could be because they're doing a raffle this time instead of an auction. Maybe in the receding economy they assume, rightly, that no one will pay three times the going rate for a PS2 and a six-pack of Propel. Still...maybe a little more creativity would help.
All I can glean from this year's list is that the boys like to golf, and they all have iPods. So do I.....have an iPod. (My parents made me take golf lessons in 4th grade and it didn't take, except for my extreme awesomeness at putt-putt golfing.) The basket fillings just don't seem very specific, or entertaining, this time around... Maybe instead of just putting a generic iTunes giftcard in the baskets, the iPods could be loaded with some of that particular player's favorite songs. That would be WAY cooler, and more informative. Sure, you might get stuck with a player who has crappy taste in music (actually, it's probably a likelihood), but that is the FUN of the Favorite Things baskets! It's not about usefulness....it's about hero-worship...and amusement....and learning.
Another part of the fun of the Favorite Things baskets is looking through them and deciding which player you are most like, based on the contents of the basket. This year, golf equipment and steakhouses aside, I am most like Joe Nathan, with Nick Punto and Michael Cuddyer coming in 2nd and 3rd.
Other notable discoveries:
- Juan Rincon has passable taste in movies.
- The juxtaposition of Glen's hunting equipment with the Grey's Anatomy DVDs is pretty adorable.
- Mike Lamb's basket includes a Silence of the Lambs DVD, which made me laugh hysterically, really for no reason.
- If we HAVE to make the baskets about usefulness this year, I wouldn't mind Pat Neshek's juicer.
- Everybody loves John Grisham.