1. Mauer hit a meaningless 2 run homer on Monday and then goes homerless for the rest of the week. Pffft, one home run in a week? I could bat for a week and I'd only hit one less home run than Mauer did this week. I expect more from him.
2. Colorado has only been swept twice this year. Oddly enough, both times were by the Dodgers. But still, only two sweeps makes you think the Colorado Rockies are doing alright this year....they're not.
3. I think I found (with a little help from the Mrs.) our first stupid baseball injury of the season. But according to this article it's at least the second this year. Although I don't know what the ruling is since no playing time was missed.
4. The Twins didn't play all that well on Wednesday, but thanks to a record tying six wild pitches , they eked out a victory.
5. Poor Gatorade machine. It was innocent in all this!
6. This recap is the first one I've seen get it right. In case you're wondering what I'm talking about, a Twins manager and catcher and a Red Sox manager and catcher were ejected from Thursday's game, all in the 7th inning. What people miss is why Varitek was ejected.
I saw it live. Josh Beckett threw a pitch that looked to be a strike but was call a ball. Suddenly I hear "God damnit, the pitch was right in there" or something to that effect. I thought to myself that apparently some Red Sox rube in the stands was really upset. Then I realized it was the pitcher Josh Becket who was doing the yelling!
At that point, catcher Jason Varitek jumps up and starts arguing with ump. I'm assuming this was a move to take focus off the pitcher. Basically, Varitek was taking a bullet for Becket. Red Sox manager Terry Francona ran out of the dug out in an attempt to take the proverbial bullet for Varitek, but arrived too late and Varitek was already ejected. So Francona got himself ejected anyway for the hell of it.
But most sports shows I saw that recapped this game missed the fact that it all started with Beckett's tirade. They think Varitek just started arguing the call. Silly ESPN.
Also, Redmond was ejected really quickly for basically nothing.
7. Finally, the Twins squeaked out a victory on Sunday to avoid a Rays sweep. The Twins' road record is now 6 wins and 16 losses....that's bad.