Home Cookin' on a Cold Afternoon:
I always dreamt of watching a baseball season opener outdoors. No where in my dream did it include 22 degree temperatures. That is exactly what we got at Target Field on Monday afternoon in the season opener. Not exactly sure how the beer sales were, but hot chocolate and coffee were the call to order at the concession stands.
After a rocky start, Vance Worley settled in and threw six innings allowing three runs and eight hits while keeping the Twins in the game.
Justin Verlander was the real deal as he tossed 5 innings of three-hit ball picking up the win while striking out seven.
Former Twin turned Angel turned Tiger Torii Hunter picked up two hits.
After trailing 3-0, the Twins picked up single runs in the sixth and seventh innings and left the bases loaded in the seventh inning after Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee struckout to end the inning.
Anyone Want to Coach?
I'm not really sure how to react to the Gophers coaching situation. I thought Flip was the guy going into the search, but when the Gophs went all in on Shaka, my imagination of the TCU bench boss began to go into overdrive. The realist in me should have known better, but alas I fell into the trap.
Shaka was offered, then picked up a 10 year extension from the Rams, Flip was offered but balked when AD Norwood Teague reportedly wished to pick his coaching staff. Now who knows what the future holds. To make matters worse, if reports are accurate, Tubby Smith will land on his feet and become the new coach at Texas Tech before the maroon and gold have their guy. Great plan B!
Wolves vs. Celts
This game could be summarized by a title "The Walking Wounded". The Celtics are most likely without Paul Pierce who turned his right ankle Sunday against the Knicks and according to the Boston Globe will sit out tonight. Kevin Garnett has missed five straight games with a sore left ankle and Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger are both likely lost for the season.
The Wolves will roll with Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, Andrei Kirilenko, Derrick Williams and Nikola Pekovic.
All three winter/spring teams are home at the same time. While the Twins and Wolves will pack the A,B and C ramps in Minneapolis, the Wild look to stay hot tonight against the St. Louis Blues. It marks the first time the Blues have entered the saintly city this season. They earned a 5-4 overtime win in St. Louis in late January. The Wild is 13-3-1 at home and they look to add to their four-game home winning streak.