Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself. I’m a Man of Wealth and Taste.

All right that’s not true. In fact it’s a complete lie. First of all, I’m very much a girl. Secondly the wealth thing isn’t really going too well for me right now. I’d like to think I have the taste thing going for me (but so would anyone) but I do watch an astounding amount of America’s Next Top Model. So let’s say the jury’s still out on the Taste issue, okay?

The facts are these – I’m a youngish (I guess) chick in St. Paul who finds herself with an inordinate amount of free time these days. Katie asked me to blog-sit while she’s in Florida this week, so you’re stuck with me while she enjoys the sunshine and live baseball. Yes I checked; it was 68 degrees and sunny in Ft. Myers this afternoon.

So seriously now, Twins fans, can we talk? I mean, I don’t want to saying thing too loudly lest the gods of Minnesota sports teams hear me and retaliate but, doesn’t it seem like we could have a truly, spectacularly good team this year? Like the kind that is just absolutely kick ass?

For real guys, think for a minute about what our starting lineup is likely to look like opening day. We’ll be looking at Joe, Justin, Cuddy, Crede, and Kubel making up our power right? We’ll have Alexi, Nicky and GoGo, and probably Denard Span bringing in speed and excellent base running. I don’t know about you guys but I’m a little weak in the knees just thinking about it.

And can I just mention the good press my boyfriend, Justin Morneau, has been getting lately? Because when Mike Redmond describes someone as one of the best teammates he’s ever had my heart melts just a little bit. Of course last year Justin played in all 163 games, 155 at first base and had only 4 errors all year. He ended the season with a .300 batting average, 23 home runs and 129 RBI. Know what he has to say about it now? "I think I can have a better year than I did last year," Morneau said. "I think there are always things you can improve on.” Now it’s being reported that Justin has been the first player to get to the park everyday this spring and frequently the last one to leave. He’s been taking on a leadership role and making the younger guys feel comfortable.

Hold on a second, I have to wipe away my drool…

Sure there’s plenty to be apprehensive about. Gomez could be more consistent than he was late last year. We have this whole outfield situation going on and who really knows what’s going to happen there. Kubel had an excellent year last year (and I’ll be the first one in line for absolutely believing he will have an excellent year again this year) but here’s hoping his knees keep behaving. And it wouldn’t be this site if I didn’t mention that, right now, Brian Buscher is about a billion times better than Joe Crede.

And of course there’s the situation we’re in with out pitching. What’s a girl gotta do around here to get a pitcher with two good arms? I just want to shake them all. Boys, boys, boys, I love Brad Radke too. And if I were a pitcher I would totally want to be just like him too, but that’s no reason to go around losing arms. Good grief. The good news is at least Joe Nathan’s shoulder is feeling good after a bullpen session today.

But we have a lot of good going for us in the pitching department right? Slowey’s looking good, Baker’s solid, and I’m for one looking forward to watching Liriano toss again. I know he was a little bumpy last year but think about this for a second – when Cisco came back at the beginning of August last year he was 6-1 in 11 games with a 2.74 ERA. I’m sorry but that makes a girl like me awfully damn excited.

I mean seriously guys; I am psyched for this season. But then again I’m always psyched for every season. All I’m saying is I think we may be looking at a seriously awesome season here, folks. We’re sitting at 5-1 for the spring and we’ve been looking awfully good thus far. We have some really excellent opportunities for some real power hitting this year, balanced quite nicely with speed and crafty base running, as well as the all-around wonderfulness of Joe Mauer. We’re missing a couple of pitchers who would have been great assets to the team, but we’ve got a lot of talent on our staff and, if they stay healthy, they’ll be a lot of fun to watch.

So that’s me folks, I think it’s going to be one hell of a season. (Cue an "I'll be here all week joke" here.)

My aunt, who’s also a Twins freak (hi!) has this little game she likes to play before the season starts. I’m going to shamelessly steal it from her for the sake of Internet Conversation. The game is Predictions and it involves three questions.
1) How many games will the Twins win this season?
2) Who will be the team MVP (and why)?
3) What will be the big surprise of the season?
It’s really a lot of fun to look back on at the end of the season (I believe last year my answers were 100, Cuddy for taking over leadership in the outfield, and Liriano would come back from surgery and win 20 games) but in general, I just find it fun.

This year I’m going to say the Twins will win 102 games (that’s right), the MVP will be Justin again (he is my boyfriend people) for continuing to be our power as well as emerging as a leader for the team, and I’m going to stick with Cisco winning 20 games as my surprise. What do you folks think?


lephio said...

1) How many games will the Twins win this season?


2) Who will be the team MVP (and why)?

if he stays healty, Joe Mauer! (because his hard defensive work, and because if Morneau has lot of RBIs is because Mauer is in front of him! :) )

3) What will be the big surprise of the season?

Brian Buscher.

Erica said...

How many games will the Twins win this season? 90

Who will be the team MVP and why? Justin Morneau again, because he will get nice, timely doubles to put the Twins ahead.

Biggest surprise: Either Baker or Slowey throws a no-hitter. Although, to be honest, this wouldn't be a huge surprise to me.

k-bro said...

Hi Cait,


1) 90
2) Gonna go with Morneau. I've read he's working harder this spring to avoid the late-season slup he had last year.
3) Delmon Young will hit like he's supposed to.

k-bro said...

...and by "slup," I mean "slump."

thrylos98 said...

How many games will the Twins win this season?


Who will be the team MVP (and why)?

Delmon Young. .900 OPS, 25 HRs

What will be the big surprise of the season?

Slowey will end up the season 21-6 with a 2.83 ERA and win the AL Cy Young Award.

Cait said...

Wow thrylos98, those are some seriously specific pitching stats. But hey if those stats come true, I'm more than okay with it. Go Kev!

Late Swing said...

Gee, what a great idea, Cait! Wish I'd thought of it . . . :)

My '09 predictions:

1) 89, the Central is gonna be a tough division this year.
2) Altho Cuddy is my guy, I've gotta agree with the guest blogger that the Big Cannuck is gonna come thru big time.
3) Joe Crede's back will remain healthy, and for the first time in years, we'll have the same guy at third all season.

-- Late Swing

P.S. My niece is a thief . . .