I think the weekend series against the Royals can best be summed up with two excellent screenshots that have made their way around the internet.
Exhibit A, from Royals Review:
Now, we have lost more than our fair share of games on heinously bad officiating, so I don't feel too bad. But after such a long and strange game, winning that way was extremely unsatisfying. My condolences to Royals fans. But...they won the next game, so buck up little campers.
Exhibit B, from about 50 different places, so I don't know who to credit:
This is good to know. All the fangbangers can leave him alone now. I left during the house for 5 minutes mid-game, and I miss THIS. What was it in reference to? Day games vs night games? His flat refusal to make Zack Greinke's "neck a chalice and drink deep" during weird team rituals? Either way, it makes for an amusing graphic.
For all the Mauerphiles out there, make sure you tune in or set your DVRs for ESPN's E:60 tonight at 6pm CT. The Joe Mauer segment airs tonight. It looks pretty cute. I mean, I have a dream that one day all of the positive national media attention we manage to eke out won't be 100% Mauer focused...but today is not that day, and I'll take what I can get. It's Jeter & Pedroia-free programming, huzzah!
Joe's grandpa tells a story about Joe almost getting his clothes ripped off by a Mauer-frenzied mob at Target (product placement alert!)...so that should be fun. You can watch a preview right now (the Mauer spot is the 2nd clip down):