I only watched bits and pieces of the Cleveland series this weekend. I think I went to too many Cleveland games last season and burned out....I just have no interest in watching that team.
To quote Meatloaf, two outta three ain't bad. I knew before the first pitch on Friday that it wasn't going to be a good night. I know that the off-day on Thursday didn't give a lot of rotational wiggle room, and Livan was already claiming he was "too rested," but I wish we could use a little strategy to play to pitching match-ups more. Putting Livan, who gives up a lot of runs, against Cliff Lee, who doesn't, kind of makes the game a foregone conclusion. The offense did an admirable job trying to rally. I give them credit for that. It's too bad they didn't stick Juan Rincon out there in relief. We might have had a fighting chance. But the winning on Saturday and Sunday was better. I enjoyed what I saw of it; especially Brian Buscher's awesome home run.
Congratulations to Casey Blake for being traded to a less evil team. Good job. I always knew you had it in you.
I was digging through my closet the other day, and I stumbled upon my Got Postseason? t-shirt from '06. It lost its spot in the starting t-shirt rotation right after the Luis Castillo trade last year and has been in the proverbial mothballs ever since. But I look at it now and realize that at 2.5 games back, it just might be able to pull a Brett Favre and come out of retirement. However, I can't decide if this would simply be charmingly optimistic, or a surefire jinx for the Twins and their chances at a playoff spot . It's too weighty of a decision to make all by myself, so I will put it to a binding vote here on the blog. You decide.
[Edit: Thanks to your input, the shirt stays on ice unless we actually DO got postseason.]