Angels no Blessing to the Twins

Well that was a painful series to listen to (didn’t watch much of it). Three Twins losses to the LAAA (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)boys; 11-5, 11-6, 13-4. Yikes!

Let’s hope they rest up tomorrow and then do better against the Cleveland Indians.

Not sure what to say about the Cabrera trade . . . he’s never impressed me much . . . . If only Nick Punto could make his bat match his defense, the Twins wouldn’t need to make moves like this. Interesting how in the past couple of weeks the guys at the bottom of the lineup have been making things happen. Still, I understand the need for more power from the center infielders . . . If anyone gets demoted, I hope it’s Casillla . . . Nothing about that guy has impressed me at all.

Ballparks, Part 2

How about that All Star Game last night! I still don’t think an exhibition game should “count” in any way, but even I was moved by all those Hall of Famers gathered on the field at Yankee Stadium . . .

Yesterday I wrote about all the major league ballparks I’ve been to. I intended to go back and add links to each park, but it’s easier to just direct you to Ballparks of Baseball where you can see and find out about all the past, current and future parks. I’ve also got some additions/updates for that post coming soon . . .

I wish I had made it to Tiger Stadium and the old Brewers park. I’m glad that many of the “new” parks are modeled after the great parks of old . . . and I hope I don’t live to see the time when “all-purpose parks” come back into fashion . . .

In terms of minor league parks, here’s the beginning of my list:

  • Bush Stadium in Indianapolis (Indianapolis Indians and some PanAm games)
  • Memorial Park in Brainerd, MN where the Brainerd Bears play (or played in the mid-90s)
  • American Legion Field and “Roger Maris Field” in Fargo, ND where the Fargo Red Hawks play (yes, I know they named the new park something OTHER than “Roger Maris Field”, but that’s because they were stupid and greedy); it’s something like Jack Williams/”The Nest” . . . WHATEVER!
  • I’m pretty sure I saw the Columbus Knights play in Columbus, OH in the late 80s/early 90s
  • I think I went with the Goodman gang to see the Kane County Cougars play at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, IL
  • And of course, the Lakewood Blue Claws play at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ. Go Blue Claws! Go Pinchy!

Pinchy

Then there’s the Spring Training trip to Florida (Spring 1997) with Mom, Dad, Aunt Rosemary & Uncle Dick:

  • Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, FL (Red Sox/Phillies)
  • Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL (Yankees/White Sox)
  • Legends Field in Tampa, FL (Rangers/Yankees)
  • Ed Smith Stadium again (Tigers/White Sox)
  • Jack Russell Stadium again (Rangers/Phillies & White Sox/Phillies)

How do I know which parks I’ve been to? Because I have a SCOREBOOK and keep score at almost every game. Sometimes I have to give up (due to rain or a game that is more fun to watch than to score) and some parts of the scorebook say things like “DINNER BREAK” or “BATHROOM BREAK”. Last year I read about some gals who go to games and keep score together, alternating innings. They write in “NPA” for “not paying attention” 🙂 I like that one!

M&M Together in Heaven

Moseley and Mudpie are together in heaven at last.

Mudpie & Moseley

My cat Moseley (right above) died in May 2002. Her pal Mudpie (left) has been sick for the last six months due to a large growth in her mouth. She’s been quite a trooper trying to keep going, but finally it became impossible for her to eat even watered down food. So today she went up to heaven to be with Moseley.

Please keep us in your prayers.

I’ll try to add some M&M stories to this blog once I feel up to it.

Tuesday, June 10th

I’m adding on the end of this entry, rather than starting a new one, so that the picture can stay at the top of the page for a while.  Marvel is complaining that her picture isn’t on the blog (she’s the third “m” and only one left), so here she is:

Marvel

And here’s a rare picture of the three of them together:

3mxmas

More stories later.

Printing

After posting my liquor-doused recipes (see Tequila & Chambord), I spent most of the day trying to modify how the pages print. I realized that I’ve neglected one of the primary purposes of this blog–getting all of my favorite recipes together in a packet. Having them online is a great backup in case of disaster, but I wanted printer-friendly versions of the recipe pages.

In any case, I’m still getting familiar with how WordPress handles printing, but I believe I’ve reduced some of the junk in the output. Let me know about any weirdnesses and/or requests.

Nighty-night time 🙂