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My view on the Santana trade

Posted by skiumahgopher on January 29, 2008

Here is my $.02 on the Santana trade.

The question shouldn’t be “Did we get equal value?” rather it should be “Were the players we got better than the Mets, Yankees, or Red Sox first round draft choice & a sandwich pick?”. Because that’s what we would receive at the end of the season.

It’s my opinion that the Sox and Yanks had no intentions of trading with us. They were just trying to get the other team to blink. I remember in December, reports said Smith basically accepted the Hughes deal, only to have Brian Cashman convince Hank Steinbrenner that trading Phil Hughes was not a good idea. That’s when it became apparent that it was just a high stake poker game between those 2 teams. Meanwhile, the Mets were slowplaying the two teams with Gomez & Guerra (with Humber & Mulvey for filler).

Gomez has a chance to be better than Ellsbury (in fact scout.com and Baseball America have him rated higher). And Guerra at age 18, was a dominating pitcher at high A.

Give the trade a chance, it might work out.

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Curt Giles, I apologize

Posted by skiumahgopher on December 27, 2007

I guess I was wrong. Benilde-St. Margarets 2, Edina 1

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Curt Giles – Chicken?

Posted by skiumahgopher on December 26, 2007

The Schwan’s Cup is taking place this week. But co-#1 ranked Edina has opted to play in the less prestigous Silver Division.

While Edina will play some very good teams in the Silver Division, the Gold Division championship is the 2nd most sought after trophy in the state behind the AA State Championship. Edina should be in the Gold Division and coach Curt Giles should explain to his players why they are playing at Aldrich and not the X.

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A Good Deed – Kudos to UST

Posted by skiumahgopher on December 25, 2007

John Millea today writes about the Catholic Spirit Tournament’s special guests from New Orleans . I’ve known John Tauer since he was called Johnny, and always expect stuff like this from him.

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Playoffs

Posted by skiumahgopher on December 24, 2007

Well, the Vikings laid an egg for 3 quarters, and severely damaged their playoff chances. Here are what some comments about the game were: The Strib’s Jim Souhan said The Vikings were shaken like a bad Martini., while Patrick Ruesse commented The Vikings showed too little game, too late. The PiPress’ Bob Sansevere column talked about the more things change, the more they stay the same. Tom Powers wrote about how Tavarus Jackson’s bad start put the Vikings in a hole. To make the playoffs, the Vikings have to beat the Broncos, and hope that the Cowboys have enough pride to win in one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries, even though they have the top seed clinched.

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