Quick Thoughts

20 Jan

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HISTORICAL DAY

We have been told for months that today’s Presidential Inauguration will be historic, and when Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States, he will be become the first African American President. That is indeed historic and as a country, it is something that we should celebrate. Hopefully this will be yet another step forward in proving that bigotry based on race, gender or anything is dumb! It is annoying to me that there are still people out there who do not realize this. But I digress… I find it very interesting just how hopeful the tone is around the country. There appears to be a genuine feeling of hope that there will be change. Most Presidential campaigns and transitions promise ‘real change’ and in the end, very little changes. I think that America believes that with the leadership of Obama, that real change could happen. I am actually excited by this enthusiasm by the people, black and white. My hope is that in four years or eight years, we will be talking about positive changes that have occurred in this country, and not only talking about him as an African American. In fact, hopefully in another eight to ten years, race will not be an issue any longer, and we can truly move forward as one people, as one country.

 

Now I know that talking politics on a blog is just asking for trouble. I ask that you please keep the comments section respectful if you choose to voice your thoughts on this subject. No, I did not vote for Barack Obama. I think those who have read this site for years know that my political beliefs are anything but liberal. But I can understand the historic element of the day, and I have the utmost respect for Mr. Obama his charisma, his demeanor, his intelligence and some of his ideas. I can share in the excitement of the day, and the hope for the future.

 

OTHER NOTES FOR TODAY

Alright, enough politics, let’s read about baseball! Here are a few thoughts:

·         Josh Thoughts continues its look at the Twins Top 50 prospects. David Winfree was named Prospect #30, so just 29 more prospects to be named!

·         Aaron Gleeman started his Top 40 Twins prospect list with his choices for prospects 36-40.

·         Nick Nelson also dove into the prospect ranking fun with his Top Ten Twins Prospects.

·         Over the Baggy takes a look at some of the best seasons by Twins in their history.

·         The Twins Geek looks at the idea (and the numbers) of signing Joe Mauer to a long term deal.

  

Alright, I better sleep. Have a great day! Leave your comments here.  

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8 Responses to “Quick Thoughts”

  1. Ned January 20, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    We should be proud to have elected Obama; not for being an African American; but for choosing the best candidate from various contenders for an exceptionally difficult job.

  2. TJ Walsh January 20, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    I was at the rochester Twins caravan last night. Some of the highlights

    Billy Smith defended not signing a 3rd basemen by repeating 3 times that our 3rd basemen last year had 90+ RBI.

    Bert Bylevan talked about the Twin Fantasy camp. There were 2 or 3 participants in the audiance. It was meationed that when Bert was pitching in the game at the end of camp that with 2 strikes he came with the curve. Supoosedly it is still pretty nasty. It was hinted that one of the players in the audience had gotten plunked in the ribs. He meantioned that Ron Kittle was one of his toughest outs.

    Slowey is a very poised young man. He said the Joe Mauer is amazing in how he takes his 6’6” frame and folds it up to about 2 feet. Calls Joe the best pitch reciever he has ever thrown to. Said he learned early that throwing strikes was neccasary with his lack of overpowering stuff.

    Crain hopes to be stronger this year than last.

    Was meantioned that Lirano looked very good in winter ball and that his pitch counts were monitored closely. Lirano will pith in the World classic.

    Bert is the Holland Pitching coach for the World Classic.

    We had a great time daughter won a Carew Statue and the event was a well run affair.

  3. TP January 20, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    Barack Obama has indeed promised change but without specifics. I agree that change can be good but it depends on what is being changed. Changing our philosophy to making nice with terrorists instead of eliminating them is an example of bad change.

    Change for the sake of change would be akin to the Twins adding a player just to add a player without improving the team (ie: Eddie Guardado).

  4. Ben January 20, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    Bert is the Holland Pitching coach for the World Classic.

    So each game’s starter will pitch the whole game?

  5. Brock January 20, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Seth! for the love of god no, NOT POLITICS!!!

  6. TJ Walsh January 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    I suspect there maybe be somebody to reighn in Bert on starters pitching the whole game. Espically if they belong to a Major League Team’s minor league system. He meantion 30 members of the National accossiation would be coming over for a training camp. Sindey Ponson was meantioned as eligible for the team.

  7. brad January 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    Seth,
    Kubel just signed a 2 year contract, no terms released.

  8. SHS January 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    Kubel also has an option for a 3rd year (club option)

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