Archive for June, 2005

Finally on the Big Club

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

The Twins have gone through a zillion infielders this year, due to a combination of injuries and shaky performance. Things got so bad they called up an Australian career minor leaguer, Glenn Williams. Williams pinch hit twice and played third base in another 11 games before he separated his shoulder last night diving into first […]


Monday, June 27th, 2005

Last week, a scout was located, unharmed, after being lost for 4 days in the mountains of Utah. He had been scurrying off the trail when he saw people, including search and rescue folks, coming near him. When finally located, he asked to play a video game on a cell phone and inquired about his […]

Armstrong and Lindberg

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Today, George Vecsey of the NY Times wrote an article about Lance Armstrong’s victory in the Tour de France. Vecsey worked in some references to other Americans who achieved fame by reaching Paris, such as Charles Lindberg. I especially like the comment on Lindberg: “… proving that a man armed with courage and a couple […]

Bad Day at the Office

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

In today’s time trial on the next to the last day of the Tour de France, a number of riders moved up one position in the General Classification, because Mickael Rasmussen fell from third to seventh. In one sense, some of this was to be expected, as time trialing in not Rasmussen’s forte, particularly on […]


Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Given what happened with the Formula 1 race at Indy this Sunday, one has little choice but to conclude that Formula 1 is the most disfunctional aggregation on the planet. After watching these goobers, the NHL and its lost season doesn’t seem so preposterous.

Slick Tools

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

There were news reports this week about a mix up that resulted in roughly 3800 patients at hospitals in North Carolina having been operated on with surgical instruments that had been washed in hydraulic fluid. This problem persisted for several months, despite complaints from some surgical staff about “slick tools“. The problem had apparently been […]

Old Time AAA Rivalry

Friday, June 10th, 2005

This morning’s Star Tribune had substantial coverage of the former local AAA rivalry between the Minneapolis Millers and the St. Paul Saints. Some of it I already was aware of, such as Willie Mays and Ted Williams having played for the Millers, with Walter Alston having managed the Saints, including players such as Duke Snyder […]

Road Warrior

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Last night Johan Santana pitched a complete game shutout against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up 4 hits, walking no one and strking out 9. In a game played under National League rules, Johan even got a hit. Johan has not lost on the road since May 29 of last season. Since then, he has a […]

Causes Blindness, continued

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Driving to work today, I was listening to the radio, local station WCCO. There was a woman on talking about some basic medical/health items that had recently been in the news. She blithered on about stuff, in a typical Minnesotan way, and then the radio commentator asked her about several other issues he had seen. […]

Perhaps Not Twins

Monday, June 6th, 2005

Today the Supreme Court announced its decision in the medical marijuana case. Much to my surprise, Scalia and Clarence Thomas did not vote the same way. I noticed another case not long ago when they had voted differently. For some time I had thought that it might be prudent to remove Thomas from the court, […]