Baseball Report

Regular readers have probably noticed that I’ve had less to say about politics than usual lately. That’s because I’ve been working way too hard. But I thought I may as well write about what I’ve been doing, rather than not write at all.
This week was unusual because I spent it in Minnesota. Two weeks ago on Friday night, I got home at 2 a.m. after a 3 1/2 hour flight delay. Last Friday was a little better; I arrived home at midnight after a 3 1/4 hour delay. So it was great to spend Friday evening at a Twins game rather than in an airport.
The game was partly in honor of my youngest daughter’s birthday, which the team recognized on the Twins-O-Gram:
It was an exciting game, against the Oakland A’s. The Twins didn’t especially deserve to win as they were out-hit something like 14 to 5, but they hung in there and eventually prevailed, 4-3. As always, Target Field is a beautiful place to watch a ball game:
I couldn’t fully enjoy the early innings as I was doing a final review of a brief that needed to be filed by 10 p.m. Mountain Time. After the third inning I found a quiet spot and phoned a couple of associates who were standing by for final corrections, then returned to the game.
The highlight of the Twins’ gritty performance was a perfectly-executed suicide squeeze, for what turned out to be the winning run. Reserve catcher Drew Butera put down the bunt, and third baseman Danny Valencia trotted across home plate without even drawing a throw. You’ll never see a prettier squeeze play; I haven’t seen one at all for some time.
When the game was over and the Twins had hung on to win, the team put on a fireworks show. It seemed like just about everyone stayed for it, including us. Here is part of the finale:

Few things are more fun than a baseball game when your team is in a pennant race. Tomorrow I will be on the air with radio partner Brian Ward on AM 1280 the Patriot, beginning at 11 a.m. Central. Hopefully there will be more time for politics in the days to come.