Updated 1:01 am ET: While Hinske strikes out three times (looking in the ninth) and misses a catch, leading Boston to a 4-3 loss at Seattle, the Twins are the story. Who in the MLBlogosphere thinks Detroit can hold them off now that the AL Central lead is down to four games? Is it possible that Ron Gardenhire’s team, unexpected to do anything last spring, getting by without Liriano, is the best team in baseball and on its way to a third world championship? You never know in this game, which makes it great. It’s going to be a wild final month — as usual. . . . Cool post by our friend Gabriel at DA BRONX BOMBERS — you have to see the Baseball Barn. How does that just happen?
Saturday Night Fever: This is weird and I should be watching baseball, but after living and breathing it at the offices all week I rented "Saturday Night Fever" and watched it again this evening. The DVD includes the VH1 "Behind the Scenes" about Travolta, which I hadn’t seen before. Feel free to flame me in the comments. I’m mentioning this because I saw that Willy Taveras just stretched his hitting streak to a club-record 29 games. Close spelling to the above Tavares band above that played in that musical. I think they’re pronounced differently as well. The band has an "r" syllable and the player an "err" syllable. I think. ‘Stros Bro and Space Race, take it away.
Sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with who’s liveblogging each night, but just noticed that our friend Kellia is liveblogging at Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes so feel free to keep her company.
Has anyone else experienced this issue with an "anti-spam blocker" when trying to comment on an MLBlog? I saw this comment thread on Inside the Dodgers and am following up. Not something I’m aware and can consult with our Six Apart partners. I do know there’s an annoying troll on any Giants blogs who we’ve had to waste time on, and that’s always a candidate to be a Dodger fan. But it looks like multiple people on Josh’s fine club blog experienced this.
Update on "Invincible": You didn’t want it to end. Moves into my top five all-time sports movies along with "Hoosiers" and "Bull Durham," and might be No. 1, although time and perspective are needed for that kind of placement. Tiff at Party Like It’s 1982 might want to revise her list.
Thanks to Adam Hoge of Sox Pride for being our MLBlogger of the Week last night. You can find the replay of his appearance on MLB Radio‘s "Under the Lights" by clicking the drop-down menu on the MLBlogs.com homepage. We have some folks on deck for future Fridays, and Chris, the show’s producer, is the person who contacts whomever is needed/volunteering. I just pass it along. Got a feeling we might have to go with a Bomber-template blogger next Friday; I was surprised to see that we’ve only had one of them as MLBlogger of the Week (long-lost Dave of Mad Dog Reports) since we started doing it last year, and it’s a given that the Yanks have more MLB Radio listeners than any team…fact of life.
Gotta give credit to Brady over at In the Cards for going above and beyond to promote his own MLBlog. He’s already been a Spheroid in the short time since he started, and now he has figured out how to hack a scroll in the top of his blog and also has a custom T-shirt.
Good luck to the son of our friend Michael over at Some Ballyard, competing Sunday in a race in Virginia where the surf’s up and the view is nice.
A-Rod, A-Rod. Something tells me we’re about to go through all this again.
Will the Red Sox capitalize at Seattle?
We’re doing the weekend sampler thing on the MLBlogs homepage this weekend, trying to spread some love around. Sorry if we don’t get everyone included when we swap out links.
Calm down, Ernesto. Just calm down. Take a nap in Jamaica.