I was checking my Twitter feed on break at work before the game yesterday. The channel 9 sports account posted something about being surprised more fans weren't outraged that Mauer wasn't in the line-up against Ubaldo. To which I thought "Really?" Because I wasn't surprised at all at a lack of outrage. Why on earth would there be outrage?
But then sure enough, as soon as they posted that, I started to see the posts of outrage that they were hoping for. People complaining that fans were being robbed by not getting to see Mauer in the line-up. And we shouldn't be sitting our best hitter against the best pitcher in baseball.
Again I say, "Really?"
Because I highly doubt Joe didn't start because he's scared of Ubaldo Jimenez. I'm pretty sure Joe didn't start because it was a day game after a night game...Which is totally 100% not abnormal. In fact, it was a day game after a couple of particularly brutal nights behind the plate. I'm confused as to why anyone would be surprised that he wasn't originally slotted in the line-up.
For the people complaining, let me point out a couple things:
A) It is JUNE.
B) We are in 1st place in the division, by precisely 1.5 games that FEELS like 5 games.
C) We already had the series win against the Rockies.
D) IT WAS A DAY GAME AFTER A NIGHT GAME.
If you don't want Joe Mauer to sit a game NOW, when the heck would you like him to sit out?
I for one would rather see him sitting out some games and resting up while we have a nice bubble of security rather than see him fatigued or injured down the stretch. But that's just me.
Yes, it sucks for fans who only want to see Mauer when they go to a game where he is not in the line-up. But again, I point out....IT WAS A DAY GAME AFTER A NIGHT GAME. If you only care about seeing Mauer, you should probably not purchase tickets to a day game after a night game, because the percentage chance you will see him play goes down significantly in that circumstance. Sure, you might get lucky....Joe's freakish bout of hardiness after he came off the DL last year kind of spoiled us. But if Joe is your only priority, why take a chance? Purchase tickets to a Friday or Saturday night game. Your odds are better.
And, he pinch-hit so the whole argument was moot anyway. It just annoyed the bejeezus out of me, so I felt like ranting about it for a bit.
Friday Random Ten
1. Young Pilgrims--The Shins
2. The Very Thing--Stars
3. Le Monde--Thievery Corporation
4. Strawberry Fields Forever--The Beatles
5. Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken--Camera Obscura
6. Everyone's A Hero--Nathan Fillion (from the Dr. Horrible soundtrack)
7. Little of Your Time--Maroon 5
8. I Miss You--Blink-182
9. No Matter What--The Clarks
10. 99 Red Balloons--Nena
What's playing for you today? First 10 songs on random/shuffle mode. I'm always curious.