I took my two youngest daughters to the Twins game this afternoon. The Twins are playing in a zone right now that makes them great fun to watch. Their starting pitcher today was Johan Santana, who I do not believe made the team out of spring training. Santana gave up two hits in eight innings while striking out 14 Blue Jays (I think). Guardado pitched the ninth and gave up a hit but recorded another strikeout. Twins win 4-0, the last run being on a homerun rocket by Torii Hunter, the most exciting player on the team this year. As a practical matter the Twins clinched their division about two weeks ago and seem to be playing for the right to have the home edge in the playoffs.
During the seventh inning stretch they played “I’m Proud to be an American” (is it by Lee Greenwood?); more fans sang along with it than sang along with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Question: What does country music have in common with baseball? Hint: think Rick Monday. Answer: the patriotism of its players and fans.
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