Are Bryce and Manny eligible for unemployment? Is that what’s holding things up? Here’s your update. Go ahead and play it. You won’t be surprised and you’ll be sorry you did.
The Twins signed a couple of guys whose names I don’t remember. One of them appears to have been a so so player in the bigs a few years ago, who’s spent the last few years playing in the Korean and Japanese leagues and will now be back home on one of the Twins minor league clubs. Maybe he likes lutefisk more than sushi.
The other one is a pitcher who the Twins decided to give three and one half million dollars to because three and one half million dollars is next to nothing for a starting pitcher. The guys been injury prone the last couple of years and looking at his stats prior to and during those years I kind of hope that he stays injury prone.
You Did Know That I Just Love Arlo Guthrie
I saw him in concert with Ry Cooder in the early 70’s. They were simply sitting next to each other on stage – no strobe lights, no smoke show – just a couple of guys playing music. It was obvious that Ry was a way better musician than Arlo and I’m sure that Arlo knew it and that was exactly why he was appearing with him. He was letting Ry look good while making him look bad, and using his son of Woody / Alice’s Restaurant fame to let a bunch of people know how good Ry was.
Towards the end of the concert when the audience became audibly upset that they weren’t going to play any of Arlo’s previous hits, Arlo, in his always friendly – folksy but articulate way reminded the crowd that it was rude to refuse to listen to a musician’s latest work. To not treat that person like a person.
Here’s Something That’s Nothing
Over at MLB.com an attempt to fill the void was made by a writer whose name I don’t remember by suggesting that the Twins could and should get in on the Craig Kimbrel sweepstakes. He argued that the Twins might have a one or two year window to get into the playoffs as the Indians fade and before the likely ascension of the White Sox by becoming the top team in the weakest division. The ancient thirty something is said to be seeking and not finding something like a five year – eighty mil deal. Why not splurge short term on an elite bullpen arm that might get you to 85 – 90 wins with say a three year sixty mil deal?
Supposing that he would give you 70 innings / per year, needing 15 pitches per inning that works out to $285,714.28 per inning and $19,047.62 per pitch. Think about that the next time you’re at the grocery store deciding if you’re going to have hamburger or steak for dinner.
Of course I’m all for it.