Minnesota 7, Boston 3

May 13, 2008

The Minnesota Twins have now swept the White Sox and Tigers and taken three of four from defending champion Boston in their last three home series. Not bad for a squad most people left for dead after losing Torii, Johan and Silva this offseason.

So I run downstairs after the game to get quotes and wind up on the Boston side first because Terry Francona likes to get his news conferences out of the way. With hordes of Asian media on the premises thanks to Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, and the fact that its the Red Sox we’re talking about here, I wound up near the back of the considerable-sized pack. Everyone is just sort of standing around looking at Francona, so I start asking a question. Well, it turns out there’s a soft-talker right in front of Francona who was already mid-question when I opened my mouth. So Francona shoots me a look and asks me in a way somewhere between average and rude if he can answer her question. I apologize and say that I couldn’t hear her. Then the media relations guy standing behind all of us decides he needs to scold me as well, so I shot back that I couldn’t hear her and gave another sarcastic apology.

It certainly wasn’t as bad as the time I asked Glen Mason about his quarterback situation during the 2001 season right after the Gophers were beaten by Purdue in a game where Travis Dorsch kicked a 50-yarder to tie it — arguably after the clock ran out — following a drive from inside the 10-yard line with less than a minute left. Then Tony Henderson’s overtime touchdown didn’t count because the officials didn’t understand the color scheme in the end zone and thought he was out of bounds. If it weren’t for television cameras in the room, I would have been killed that day.

But I digress…here’s the story: http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=mlb-game-centre&mid=5199

Minnesota 9, Boston 8

May 12, 2008

There’s certainly nothing like a three-plus hour Sunday night baseball game that gets you home post-midnight to start off the work week on the right foot. But hey, at least it was an exciting affair.

Props to my editor, who shifted some things around to go Craig Monroe heavy at the top and in the process managed to fit the word “career” three times in the same sentence. I shouldn’t complain, though, for how many times they’ve taken the crap I wrote and actually made it presentable.

For you Boston fans (how so many wound up in the Twin Cities I’ll never know), Terry Francona said last night that Manny Ramirez would likely play today, so no need to worry about his hammy.

Here’s hoping for a sub-three-hour game this evening…

http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=mlb-game-centre&mid=5197

 

Boston 5, Minnesota 1

May 12, 2008

So, the only places I really know where to look for my Sportsticker stories are on the Yes Network’s website and the National Post’s website. For some reason, both places only have the first run of the story I wrote (no quotes). Not sure why, but had I known they weren’t going to use it I would’ve left after the game!

I didn’t think it was a bad optional, either. Oh well. Here are the links as proof I’m not lying…

http://web.yesnetwork.com/sports/mlb/game.jsp?id=2008/05/10/bosmlb-minmlb-1&oid=&mode=recap

http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=mlb-game-centre&mid=5188

Minnesota 7, Boston 6

May 10, 2008

Jon Papelbon had his head in his hands for several minutes in the locker room after the game, just staring at the floor. With the crunch of media members from Beantown waiting in the close confines of the visiting Metrodome clubhouse, Mike Timlin actually asked everyone to give him some space. There wasn’t really anywhere to go, but all of us sort of shuffled around in order to move a couple feet away. Fun story, huh?

Props to Carlos Gomez for actually taking his fourth walk of the season with two outs in the ninth. Papelbon walked the first and the last batter he’s faced this season with none in between. I’m guessing he’ll get another shot, though, before the Red Sox decide to cut him after two straight blown saves and losses (note: sarcasm).

Mike Lamb was the big hero, but I wouldn’t get used to those words being together if I were you: http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=mlb-game-centre&mid=5182