My vacation “stay-cation” from work is over. And, other than mentioning the Joe Kapp fight, it was a vacation from the blog too.
So, what was I up to? Not too much. Just had to burn through some PTO. Gave me a chance to catch up on the DVR (I’m now addicted to “Storage Wars”), went to a Spuds-Bruins hockey game, entertained some friends in town from the Twin Cities … but mostly just relax.
Since I haven’t blogged for about a week, I figured I’d post a few questions that I’ve been asked over the last few days and my responses to them.
What did you think of the Matt Capps deal?
From the Twins perspective, I didn’t mind it. But that was until I saw that the Colorado Rockies basically gave away Huston Street today, trading him to San Diego for a player to be named later. Comparing Capps and Street is night and day. And while Street’s ERA and WHIP have increased each of the last two seasons, he’s still a reliever with a career 3.11 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. I like those kind of numbers. Heck, the Twins could use him AND Capps if they’re serious about fixing that bullpen.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I know a lot of you out there want Michael Cuddyer to come back, but it’s just not the best way to spend money. It’s widely believed that signing him would leave the Twins with almost no money left. How do you feel about Lester Oliveros as your right-handed option in the eighth inning? Or adding nobody of relevance to the rotation? That’s what I thought. The Twins should let Cuddyer walk and examine what’s left of the pitching market.
Where are the Miami Marlins getting all of this money?
Who knows? Obviously, there’s a new stadium about to open. But their payroll is going to more than double, which is raising a lot of eyebrows.
The Marlins have proven to be the “big fish” at this winter meetings (sorry). They’ve added Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell and Jose Reyes in recent days and are supposedly the frontrunners for C.J. Wilson. Not a bad haul. NL East could be an interesting race with the Marlins, Phillies and Braves next year.
What did you think of the Spuds-Bruins hockey game?
I love high school hockey. Among my favorite activities to attend in person. Moorhead obviously has another strong team this year (Spuds won that game 4-1 by the way). Give Fargo South a lot of credit. That game was 3-1 after the first period, but the Bruins kept it close the rest of the way. After the first period, Moorhead only held a 21-17 shot advantage the rest of the way.
I’m more excited about Thief River Falls’ 6-6 tie against Roseau in the opener last week. Will be fun to see how the Prowlers do when they play at Moorhead in about a month.
What is going to happen to the Bears’ playoff hopes?
Most of my friends that root for other teams are really enjoying watching the downfall of my team. I knew that losing Jay Cutler was going to be rough, and I really felt people didn’t realize how well he was playing beyond his statistics. But who knew the dropoff from Cutler to Caleb Hanie would be this severe? I actually said after Sunday’s loss that the Bears should call Brett Favre. Can you believe that?
I really don’t see how a reeling Bears team will resurrect its season Sunday against Tim Tebow and the red-hot Broncos.