Because of the West Coast road trip the Twins are on and his recent forrays into single parenting while The Uncommon Wife has been away, The Common Man admits that he fell asleep several times during last night’s Twins game. And it wasn’t just nodding off. TCM consciously chose to lay down on the couch during the game, knowing what would probably happen. And he dropped off for a half-hour at one point (waking up for the top of the 9th) and then falling asleep again after Plouffe’s sac fly in the 10th and staying that way until 2:00. As such, TCM is tired and in no mood to write a long column today. Instead, you get this:
The Common Man is starting to think there is actually something wrong with Hanley Ramirez. His line drive percentage is way down to 12%, his infield popup ratio is way up to 23%, and his GB/FB ratio is the highest it’s ever been. He’s also getting caught stealing at a higher rate so far, suggesting his speed may be down. Perhaps it’s in his swing or a health issue, but his play in 2011 is completely out of character for him. Small sample size caveats apply somewhat, but this is just completely out of sorts for him. TCM is worried.
It's been raining a lot, and Eno Sarris (of the absolutely essential NotGraphs) has a pretty comprehensive look at what teams and fans can do to entertain themselves while the rain comes pouring down. Jousting!
The news that the San Francisco Giants will be making an “It Gets Better” video is terrific. Professional sports often get a bad rap when people wonder whether an athlete can come out while playing. Part of that is self-inflicted, because of slurs used by Kobe Bryant, John Rocker, Roger McDowell, and others. But part of that is also a blanket assumption on our parts that, because sports clubhouses are macho and testosterone-driven, that they’re inherently anti-Gay. The truth is more likely that sports clubhouses are places where a lot of different cliques with different world-views interact with one another, but aren’t always mingling. It’s also true that most homophobia doesn’t survive actual first contact with a gay person, because it’s hard to discriminate and rip on a group of people that you actually like or at least can put a name and a face to. And it's true, as Charles Barkley says, that a lot of potential homophobia in the locker room would be overcome by a gay player who could produce. That the Giants are reaching out to an important part of their potential fan base is excellent news for the Giants, for San Franciscans, for gay people, and for gay athletes. As if having one of them in the clubhouse could possibly be weirder than Brian Wilson and The Machine.
- Killebrew won his first home run title at just 23. So Justin Upton needs to get going.
- Harm’s career batting average on balls in play was just .254.
- And in 22 years, he attempted just 37 steals, and was only successful 19 times. In 22 years. 22 years. 19 steals.
But most importantly, TCM wants to leave you with this, which encapsulates the way The Common Man, and so many others feel about “The Killer”: Harmon Killebrew-Hero, MVP, Leader. Also played baseball.