"Let us go forth a while, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our closed rooms...
The game of ball is glorious."

--Walt Whitman

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

from Nikii Lambert

Hi! How are you?

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

from: Nikii Lambert

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You can read about it in the new Oprah's book.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

from Nikii Lambert


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

hot copy

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Signings, Both Real and Imaginary

When the Twins signed Jim Thome--who, believe it or not, has passed his physical--TBL was cautiously optimistic.  He hasn't been at his best the past couple of seasons, but he's still Jim "Holy Crap, Lookit That Go" Thome.  And, best of all, he won't be hitting against our pitchers anymore.  (The evidence suggests that Thome will still be able to go yard off Twins pitching from his wheelchair in 2050.)  The official line out of the organization at the moment is that Kubel is our DH, and Thome will be our big bat off the bench. 
Then, oh joy! oh rapture!, word came down from on high (okay, from WCCO) that Joe Mauer had signed a 10-year contract extension!  TBL's ecstasy lasted about 4 hours, when news that there was no contract extension after all penetrated the haze of confetti and champagne here at Casa Liberales.  Sigh.  Pout.
But now, today, another real signing!  Color TBL stunned, because the Twins have gone out and gotten themselves a real, live, honest to goodness second baseman.  Yes, dear readers, you read that correctly.  And not just any ol' second baseman who knows what that stick thing is for and has some concept of "fielding", but Orlando Hudson.  Four Gold Gloves.  Two-time All-Star.  Career .282/.348/.778 hitter.  A mere 32 years old. 
Who are these people, and what have they done with the Twins front office?
With the acquisition of shorstop JJ Hardy from Milwaukee, the infield is nearly complete.  Unless Gardy's unnatural love of futility infielders leads him to make a tragic staffing decision at third base, we Twins fans may actually be treated to a Twins lineup without the black hole that is Nick Punto's bat on a daily basis.  Can you picture it, dear readers?  TBL can.
Who are the contenders at third?  Most obvious are Punto, Matt Tolbert and Brendan Harris, but TBL hears there are some youngsters just itching to get to the bigs, so spring training may offer some surprises.  Players are already trickling into Fort Myers, and soon there will be baseball again!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fair and Balanced

a mistake-rib scarf knit on the bias

I love the look of a bias-knit scarf, especially in self-striping yarn, but garter stitch is just so darn boring. So I set about converting my favorite reversible stitch into a bias-knit pattern. Several hilarious test swatches later, I think I got it right...

I used James C Brett Marble Chunky on size 10 needles, but the pattern is gaugeless.

Sl - slip stitch purlwise
KFB - Knit through front, then back, of stitch. This creates a new stitch.

Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2.

Row 1: Sl1, KFB, [P2, K2] to last 4 stitches, P1, P2tog, K1
Row 2: Sl1, [K1, P1] to last stitch, K1
Row 3: Sl1, KFB, K1, [P2, K2] to last 3 stitches, P2tog, P1
Row 4: Sl1, [P1, K1] to last stitch, P1
Row 5: Sl1, KFB, [K2, P2] to last 4 stitches, K1, SSK, P1
Row 6: as Row 2
Row 7: Sl1, KFB, P1, [K2, P2] to last 3 stitches, SSK, K1
Row 8: as Row 4

Repeat until piece is desired length, bind off loosely, stay warm.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Who'd'a Thunk It?

After the abyss o' despair that was the Toronto series, the sucking continued unabated through the seventh-inning stretch on Friday when---WHAM!  BANG! BOOM!  A week's worth of unused hitting (smuggled onto the field by one Jason Kubel) descended upon the unsuspecting Angels, hitherto possesors of a 9-4 lead.

Kubel went 4-for-5 and hit for the cycle, including a lead-grabbing grand slam, and then trotted out Saturday night to give his teammates another hitting clinic and lead them through a romp of a win, 9-2.  Sunday, Kubel was too tired to do much at the plate, but ace-thus-far Glen Perkins took charge, buffed his 1.50 ERA on the Angels' lineup and handed the ball to Joe Nathan after 8 brilliant innings for the 3-1 win and the sweep.

Wow.  Hitting AND pitching.  In one series.  Remarkable.  TBL is still pinching herself. 
Yesterday the Twins enjoyed their first day off of the season--the last team in the majors to get one--and we can only hope it wasn't a momentum-killer as they take on the Red Sox in Fenway for a 2-game visit. 

Tonight, Scott Baker tries to put his last (and only) outing and its four home runs behind him to face the slugging Sox, while Twins hitters have the unenviable task of swinging for Tim Wakefield's evil knuckleballs.  Wednesday, Francisco Liriano will continue his search for a hot streak against Brad Penny, who hasn't exactly had the season of his life so far, either.

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