Friday, August 28, 2009

Find a Penny.....leave it there.

I can't remember if I've blogged this before....but a while ago I serendipitously had a lovely conversation with an MLB insider who was visiting the Metrodome for the first time. I shared with him my knowledge of the Metrodome and the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and he shared with me some MLB dirt. Like, Gossip Girl style dirt. It was good times.

He told me about having to interact with all of the players at the '07 All-Star Game in San Francisco. I'm paraphrasing here and cleaning up the language a bit, but he said something like "Brad Penny was definitely the biggest jerk in the NL....Probably the biggest jerk all-around." (I will not disclose who he found to be the biggest AL jerk...because it's too heartbreaking. A little piece of me died that day I think). And he gave me some pretty convincing anecdotal evidence to make the point.

It's just one guy's opinion...but still.

Anyway, I was reminded of that conversation today when rumors started swirling that the Twins are interested in picking up Penny.

I'm not very psyched about that. I don't want to feel social pressure to cheer for known d-bags. (The Sidney Ponson Effect). It makes me feel like I'm just cheering for a uniform. And, while our uniforms are OK...I really like those throw-backs....I'm not sure I'm willing to blindly throw my sporting allegiance to them. I like cheering for the Twins because a majority of them are really good guys. I don't want our nice guy-to-dbag ratio to get too out of hand, you know?

It seems like Bill Smith is trying to collect Alyssa Milano's ex-boyfriends. I'm more than a little terrified that he's going to try trading for Barry Zito and his albatross of a contract in the off-season. yikes!

17 comments:

Robert said...

since it was the 2007 all-star game, I'm guessing the biggest AL jerk is Torii Hunter. Just a guess.

Jessica said...

Okay now, I know you love you some Ian Kinsler and none of us wish him harm, because I mean c'mon he's Ian Kinsler but could you cheer extra hard for your nice guys this weekend?

Jason Bartlett would really like another trip to the playoffs and the cute Rangers are kind of in the way.

I promise if the Rays fall off pace to root extra hard for the Rangers to leave the Red Sox in the dust.

Oh I'll also root extra hard for Mr. Wilson to shave his scraggly beard!
Have a great weekend.

Tricia said...

Oh, how can you leave us hanging like that? You know who might possibly be the biggest jerk in the AL & you won't tell us? I understand why, but now I'm so curious it hurts.

TelegaWoman said...

Was it AJ?

Sarah said...

In fairness, the person in question was only called the biggest "jerk" of the All-Star ALers. I'm sure there are much bigger jerks who didn't make the squad that year. If that counts for something.

I will say it was NOT A.J. Which makes me feel a little personally vindicated.

Jessica, I will TRY...at least on Friday and Sunday...but I'm going to the Saturday game, which is Carl Pavano. In the battle of Carl Pavano vs. Ian Kinsler, my allegiance is painfully clear. I can maybe promise to ONLY cheer for Ian Kinsler....and CJ Wilson....and then cheer louder for most of the Twins on offense.

Robert said...

Then its got to be Hunter. I mean he did try to punch Justin Morneau in the face.

Sarah said...

It's not Torii.

Anonymous said...

How about Johan or Justin?

Anonymous said...

Come on...don't leave us hangin!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me it wasn't Grady. Or Brian Roberts.

I'd be heartbroken.

linda said...

Come on......spill the beans!
I will just be happy to know it is not Torii.

Sarah said...

OK OK.

He was referring to a certain strapping Canadian lad.

Please don't put maple syrup covered horse heads in my bed.

Heidi said...

that just made me cry a little bit.

Kristina said...

It made me cry a little too :(

Actually though, I'm not too surprised. One of my best friends used to work for an anonymous establishment that hosted events with the Twins, and his co-workers had a similar experience with said Canadian lad.

I'm not sure whether this does or does not end my infatuation with staring at him from behind first base.

Sarah said...

I think continued enjoyment from staring is perfectly acceptable.

Kristina said...

Yay!

Kim said...

I guessed the Canadian. A group of girls that I travel and go to different ballparks with saw him in a bar in Chicago. He just turned and stared at us and gave us a nasty look. I'm happy to report that Mr. Nathan and Mr. Guerrier were much kinder. I blame the 26th man on the team..aka..the new Mrs. Canadian...