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DLD 6/30/09: Pardon me if I'm sentimental


It's the 42nd anniversary of the first major-league game I ever attended, Minnesota Twins vs. Washington Senators.  Unfortunately, the game was called on account of a tremendous thunderstorm before it became official; here's the box score for the next day.  Look at that lineup.....Tovar, Versailles, Killebrew, Oliva, Allison, Rollins, Zimmermann, Quilici, and the promising rookie Rod Carew was brought in to pinch-hit for Kitty Kaat. 

Some links that caught my eye:

AP writeup of last night's game describes Mark Ellis as possessing "an ineffable knack for timely hits" which is so much nicer than "clutch", don't you think?  Also:

Left-hander Fu-Te Ni struck out Giambi in his major league debut. Ni didn't know who Giambi was, and he raised his eyebrows in surprise when told of Giambi's achievements.

NI!

 

SuSlu prefers to reference old Hayley Mills movies to describe last night's game, or perhaps she was thinking of the Lindsay Lohan remake, which was vastly inferior in every way except that it used a song by Shonen Knife.  Which makes it of course the greatest film ever made in my opinion. 

It will be a long time before many of us can hear or read the words "dance floor" without adding "Whoops! But I did not spill my draft beer".  In this case, that may be appropriate.

The good people of Fremont, having averted the horrible inconvenience of having a major-league ballpark in their PLWAM, may also soon be rid of the annoying congestion caused by nearly 5,000 people going to work;

And July 4 is the anniversary of Lou Gehrig's retirement speech; the speech will be read during the seventh-inning stretch at every MLB game.

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