take me out to the library

This just in:

You’ve probably all seen the recent article in the Library of Congress blog, but for those who may have missed it, I’ll recap.

The Library of Congress is taking some (large facsimiles) of its vast collection out on the road, though not very far. They’ve opened up an exhibit at the National’s ball park, with some 30 large-scale reproductions of the Library’s baseball treasures. The Library contains the world’s largest collection of baseball material, including such items as photographs, newspaper clippings, baseball cards, sheet music, and even the first baseball film (1898), by… who else? Thomas Edison.

Edison - 1898 - the ball game

Perhaps not an Academy Award winner.

On display will be many pictures of interest to loyal Twins fans, covering the bygone days when the Twins were known as the Senators, and Walter Johnson ruled.

Best of all, from the standpoint of all us fans who don’t live out in Washington, the exhibit is also online. So check it out. Well worth the price.

Meanwhile, speaking of the Twins, they have been playing some pretty good ball. They’re up tonight, 10-0 in the bottom of the 8th, and Eddie Rosario, making his major league debut, hit the first pitch he saw for a home run in the third inning. Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Rosario!

The Twins will be 2 over .500 if they hang on to win this one; tip of the cap to Kyle Gibson, with six innings of shutout ball.

Uh, make that 13-0, as Vargas piles on in the 8th with a three-run homer.

out in left field there can be too much time to think

left fielder b gs b fr - mtpmcg714 sm - 5460It gets quiet out in left field, sometimes. Perhaps a bit lonely, even with all those people. You’re out their by yourself. Another inning, another patch of grass, another pitch in an endless series of innings, grassy patches, pitches. What’s been gained, over all those innings? What’s it all mean?

What’s it all for?

Hiatus? Extended All-Star Break? Lacuna? Summer Vacation?

In the summer time the days are long, but time also passes more quickly. I have fallen behind on the baseball blog. Here it is, almost the All Star Break! The most exciting meaningless game of the year! And in My Home Town! How can I pass that up?

Well, it’s pretty easy, actually.

But I did get to see the Twins play the hated Yankees last weekend, July 5th, and they even won the game, in extra innings, on a little bouncer in front of the plate, which was retrieved by the Yankee catcher and then tossed down the right field line, letting the winning run dance home. The Twins never beat the Yankees, so this was nice to witness in person.

I brought my camera to the game, and will share some shots over the next few days. Here’s one (photoshopped-up a bit) of Twins starter Yohan Pino – another one of those guys who’s labored in the minors for 10 years and is finally getting his shot.

pino e ds dg fr - mtpmcg714 sm - 5381


Pino’s been having a great season at Triple A; his first start in the bigs was pretty good, then he had some troubles the next two, and then he pitched well against the Yankees. So we’ll see what happens.