Monthly Archives: May 2009

Keeping Mauer

Joe Mauer is off to a superhuman start with the Twins, even hitting for power for the first time in his career. Of course, now Minnesota fans are fearing that Mauer, who can be a free agent after next year, will soon fly the coop, especially with the Yankees and Red Sox having franchise catchers who are nearing retirement.
I think the Twins need to make it their primary objective as a franchise to make sure Joe Mauer stays with the team for his entire career. He’s a hometown guy, the best Twin since Puckett, and the best player in baseball at his position. With the new ballpark on the way, they’ll need him, in a way they didn’t need, say, Torii Hunter or even Johan Santana.
At any rate, I’m with Calcaterra:

But one thing I do know is that I am sick and tired of the fans and media that follow the Red Sox and Yankees putting virtual dibs on every single decent player who even sniffs free agency. We get it: your team has money. We know: you probably will get just about any star player you want when they become available. And to be honest, I don’t even have a gigantic problem with your teams actually signing these guys. The system we have is the system we have and all the Yankees and the Red Sox are doing is exploiting it.

The same thing, of course, happened for years with Garnett. Even sadder, we’re only a year-or-two away from Phillies fans adopting this, too. Bad times.

Quote of the Day

David Frum, on that lunatic Mark Levin:

I’ve spent some time in recent days listening to the Levin radio program, watching him interviewed on television and reading his new book, Liberty and Tyranny. From all these things – shows, interviews, book – there emerges a man who cannot begin to deal in an intellectual way with novel ideas, discrepant information, or unwelcome reality. Levin’s mind is entirely closed upon itself. No wonder he cannot respond to a dissenting caller except by screaming at her.

This, as part of a multi-part, multi-blog “debate” over whether it was wrong for Levin to tell a female caller that “I dont know why your husband doesnt put a gun to his temple.” Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 conservative movement!

“A Branch of Heaven On Earth”

I saw Pixar’s “Up” last week; full review is to come, but I’ll start by saying it’s easily the best movie of the year so far, and it’s right near the top of the all-time Pixar rankings, just below “Toy Story 2” and “The Incredibles.” From an excellent Daily Beast piece about the movie and Pixar’s unbelievable run:

Know your film history. It took the filmmakers several years to figure out where to send Carl and his balloonsdont you just love that? Several years. It takes the writers of Bond and Bourne all of five minutes to jot down a wishlist of their latest destinations; the result are films that feel about as rooted as misplaced luggage.

Someday, somehow, Pixar will make a bad movie. But it probably won’t be for awhile.